“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.
How I spend my life: I am a historian of religion specializing in New Testament studies and early Christian cultural history. 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 (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 tradition(s), on Paul and the Pauline letters, and more generally on the dynamics of production, transmission, and reception of biblical and ‘apocryphal’ texts in the wider context of ancient media culture. I also have a keen interest in issues of method and theory in the general study of religion (critical theories of religion; ethnographic research methods; orality and literacy studies), as well as in questions related to the history of biblical interpretation (comparative approaches to the Bible; the Bible in/and/as literature; modern debates on political theology).
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).