About

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 (or supposed to be) a historian of religion specializing in the comparative study of early Christian history and literature. I am currently working as a postdoc 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 movement(s), on Paul and the Pauline letters, and more generally on the dynamics of production, transmission, and reception of early Jewish and Christian texts in the wider context of ancient media culture. I also have a keen interest in issues of method and theory in the academic study of religion (ethnographic research methods; orality and literacy studies; theories of religion, interpretation, and textuality), as well as in questions related to the cultural history of the Bible (comparative and media-historical 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).