I know it as I know that my name is L.W.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty , § 328)
Name: Luigi Walt.
Birth year: 1975.
Provenance: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
Civil status: Happily engaged, thanks.
How I spend my life: I am (or supposed to be) an historian of religions specialising in the comparative study of biblical and apocryphal literature. I am currently working as a Research Fellow at the DFG Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon” (CASBC), University of Regensburg, where I enjoy practicing the noble art of the footnote (bibliography, commentary, cross-referencing, digression, scribble etc.). For more details, you can look at my tedious Research Portfolio.
Research interests: History of Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic-Roman age (aspects of social and cultural history; gospel texts and fragments; Paul and Pauline groups; reading and writing practices); Comparative scriptures studies (comparative approaches to the study of biblical and apocryphal texts; history of biblical interpretation; the Bible in/and/as literature); Method and theory in the history of religions (anthropology and ethnography of religion; orality and literacy studies; theories of religion, translation, and performance).
Academic degrees: Ph.D. in “Religious Studies: Social Sciences and Historical Studies of Religions” (Univ. of Bologna, 2008); qualified as Associate Professor in History of Religions (Italian ASN – II Fascia, SC 11/A4, SSD M-STO/06).
Languages: Fluency in Italian (mother tongue), English, and French; competent reading in German and Spanish. Ancient languages: Classical Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Old Occitan.
Professional ethics: In the wake of Jonathan Z. Smith, I am convinced that the first task of the historian is to complicate rather than simplify – and nowhere more so than in the study of religion. Historians should strive to celebrate “the diversity of manners, the variety of species, the opacity of things.”
Academic affiliations: Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sulle Religioni / Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions (CISSR), European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Societas Spinozana (SocSpi), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS).