“I know it as I know that my name is L.W.”
(Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty [1969], § 328)

Name: Luigi Walt.

Birth year: 1975.

Provenance: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

How I spend my life: I am currently working as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon” (CASBC), University of Regensburg, Germany, where I enjoy practicing the noble art of the footnote (in all of its variants: bibliography, commentary, cross-referencing, digression, scribble etc.). For further details, you can look at my tedious Research Portfolio.

Research interests: My research work revolves around the historical problem of Christian origins, with a focus on the early Jesus tradition, Paul and the Pauline letters, and the history of early Jewish and Christian groups in the context of ancient Mediterranean cultures. I am also interested in questions relating to the history of biblical interpretation (comparative and media-historical approaches to the Bible; the Bible in/and/as literature; modern debates on political theology), as well as in issues of method and theory in the anthropological study of religion (ancient and modern theories of religion; ethnographic research methods; orality and literacy studies; religion and media).

Academic degree: Ph.D. in “Religious Studies: Social Sciences and Historical Studies of Religions” (University of Bologna, 2008).

Professional ethics: Following 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 of Biblical Studies (EABS), European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Societas Spinozana (SocSpi), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).