Nec cum te nec sine te: An Interview with Giovanni Casadio (Italy)
Alessandro Testa [+]
Charles University, Prague
I have known Giovanni Casadio and have been familiar with his scholarship for several years now. He is not only a renowned specialist of ancient and comparative religions – among other things – but also a prominent figure in the field of history of religions in Italy and Europe. Casadio has authored a vast number of works on the history of the history of religions and on Italian as well as non-Italian scholars in the realm of Religionswissenschaft (Raffaele Pettazzoni, Ugo Bianchi, Ioan Petru Culianu, Mircea Eliade). His penchant for establishing lines of intellectual genealogies as well as for historiography and scientific biographies made him the ideal candidate for the writing of this interview. This interview’s themes and general planning sprang from a number of conversations held in person between the interviewer and the interviewee mostly in Rome and Leuven (Belgium; the location of EASR 2017 Conference) during the second half of 2017. However, the text as it is presented here has taken shape mostly through phone calls and e-mail interaction between the second half of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.