“I know it as I know that my name is L.W.”
(L. Wittgenstein, On Certainty , § 328)
Name: Luigi Walt.
Birth year: 1975.
Provenance: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
How I spend my life: I am currently working as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon”, University of Regensburg, Germany. I enjoy practicing the noble art of the footnote, in all of its variants (i.e., bibliography, commentary, cross-referencing, digression, scribble etc.). For further details, you can look at my tedious Research Portfolio.
Research interests: My research work focuses on the history of the early Jesus traditions (both canonical and extra-canonical), on Paul and Pauline literature, and more generally on the study of ancient Jewish and Christian texts from a sociocultural perspective. Other interests include: orality and writing in Greco-Roman antiquity; the history of biblical interpretation; the Bible in modern culture and politics; method and theory in the study of religion; theories of religion, interpretation, and textuality.
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 (CISSR), European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Societas Spinozana (SocSpi), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).