My research and scholarly writing over the last fifteen years have been revolving around the 20th Russian & Soviet literary/cultural theory from Formalism and Bakhtin to Moscow-Tratu school of semiotics. In particular, my research has been focusing on the theoretical legacy of Yuri M. Lotman. One of ther representative outcomes is my monograph: Osnovnye aspekty tvorcheskoi evolutsii Iu. M. Lotmana [The Main Aspects of Iu. M. Lotman's intellectual Evolution] (Moscow: NLO, 2003). I also have translated into Korean selected works of Yuri Lotman: Semiosphere (2008) and Culture and Explosion (2014). My articles appear in both Korean and International journals. My two single-volume studies that comprehensively elucidate Lotman's thoughts and highlight their contemporary relevance have been selected as outstanding academic work by South Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and 2015.
In the last few years, my research interest has gradually moved into the problematics of reevaluating Soviet theories and practices not only in terms of dynamic tension between art and power but more importantly, though rethinking the inevitable interdependency and mutual imbrication of aesthetics and politics. My current book project on W.Benjamin's Moscow Diary (1927) as a specific physiognomic sketch of (post)revolutionary society in the 1920s addresses this problemtics. I have just finished the Korean translation of Yazyk - telo - sluchai: kinematograph i poiski smysla (Moscow: NLO, 2004) by Mikahil Iampolsky and currently working on the translation of Aleksei Yurchak’s Everything was forever until it was no more and Boris Groys’s The Communist Postscript
“Photogenie as “the Other” of the Semiotics of cinema : On Yuri Lotman’s concept of “the mythological,” in Semiotica, Issue 207 (Oct 2015), De Gruyter Mouton, pp 395-409.
“Lotmanian Explosion: From Peripheral Space to Dislocated Time,” in Sign System Studies 42(1), Tartu, 2014, pp. 7-30.
“Les invariants de l’esthétique du cinéma de Kim Ki-duk: espace, silence, corps, fantasme,” Degrès. Revue de synthèse à Orientation Sémiologique, N°138, 2009, b1-b16.