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.
Marital status: Happily engaged, thanks.
How I spend my life: I am (or supposed to be) a historian of religions specializing in biblical and apocryphal literature. I am currently working as a postdoctoral 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: My research work revolves around the comparative study of early Jewish and Christian literature, with a special focus on the history of the early Jesus tradition, the apostle Paul and his letters, and the dynamics of production, transmission, and reception of biblical and apocryphal texts, interpreted against the background of ancient media culture. I also have a keen interest in issues of method and theory in the comparative study of religion (ethnographic research methods; orality and literacy studies; theories of religion, performance, and translation), as well as in questions relating to the history of biblical interpretation (cultural history of 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).