포니정재단의 지원을 받아 고려대학교 민족문화연구원에서 주최하는 제4회 RIKS Academy에 참여하게 되었다. 6월 말, 모스크바에서 합격 소식을 접하고 국내 유관기관에 전화를 걸어 예비군 일정을 확인했다. 왜냐하면 이번에 예비군에 참여하지 않을 경우, 국가가 고소할 것이라는 경고를 작년에 들었기 때문이다. 다행히 예비군에 참여하지 않아도 되었기에 참여 제안을 수락하고, 7월 25일 인천 공항에 내렸다. 작년 11월, 할머니 장례식 참여 후 9개월 만에 밟는 한국 땅이었다.
무더위와 습기로 가득한 공기를 헤치며 민족문화연구원을 찾았다. 으리으리한 건물이 인상적이었다.
내 발표의 제목이 본관 1층 텔레비전에 나왔다.
발표를 잘 마치고 토론도 재미있게 진행했다. 아쉽게도 발표 슬라이드는 작년 이탈리아에서 썼던 것을 그대로 쓸 수밖에 없었다.
8월 7일 수요일에는 국립중앙박물관 답사도 갔다. 비가 와서 걱정했지만 오후로 접어들면서 비는 그쳤다.
On 12 Dec 2018, I presented my work regarding the Korean People’s Army’s nuclear defense at UCSD-UCLA Korean History Graduate Workshop. It was such a great pleasure of mine to have a reunion with my friends and colleagues at UCSD. My discussant was Prof. David Fedman (UCI). I was fortunate enough to receive a good deal of insightful comments from him after presenting. All of eight presenters participated in; six of them focus on South Korean history. After the workshop ended, we had awesome dinner at a sushi restaurant. Having the second round at friend’s home was also fun.
And La Jolla Shores beach in the chilly morning of the following day immediately captured my soul. I decided that I would return here just for appreciating marvelous scenes of San Diego. Only forward.
During October 22-23, 2018, I was able to be part of the affair “Nuclear Proliferation International Historical Project (NPIHP) Visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.” Everything was new to me as I had never been in New Mexico as well as tasted unique atmosphere there. Retrospectively, it went very well. I have not only met great friends and colleagues but also been inspired by useful comments and remarks from different scientists I met in the course of the event. I by no means want to brag off, but I might be the first Korean-history researcher who gave a presentation regarding North Korean nuclear history. My sincerest thanks to the Woodrow Wilson Center and the LANL for granting me a chance to make another indelible memory.
In 16-25 June 2018, I was in Allumiere, a small city located 85 km north of Rome. Everything, even cold shower in the morning, was just perfect. From the camp, we needed to go down to the city center along a nice trail for tasty coffee every morning. I share some memories of Allumiere with you. Thanks for giving me indelible moments.