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An Association meant to develop memorial project


The Centre for Memory and Identity Studies is an academic and civic NGO meant to create a link between researchers and larger audience. It aims at doing and disseminating researches in the field of memory and identity studies, to promote civic values, to develop cooperation between academia and the actors of the public space through conferences, meetings, happenings, etc.


Future projects:


 How to survive communism and political repression

(Life strategies of former political detainees)


In Romania, remembering communist regime remains a controversial issue. A male oriented narrative on communist repression and anticommunist resistance dominates the public discourses. A feminine perspective on communism and political persecutions has enjoyed only limited public visibility. Women have been depicted as victims of the regime and their anti-communist endeavors have been integrated in the broader topic of the anticommunist resistance.

The absence of a public feminine narrative on communism and repression raised questions about women’s roles and gender relations during communism and after the collapse of the regime, but also about the women’s construction of subjectivities in respect with the communist regime ideology and postcommunist national discourses on communism and repression.

This project will focus on womens’ life stories in order to emphasize the women responses to communist propaganda, political repression and communist equality abuses. Our targeted group is composed by 30 women, former political detainees, who had experienced the entire spectrum of communist  deeds and ideology: repression, communist equality, everyday life, working life, etc.

We argue that womens’ (former political detainees) narratives on communism and repression fit the public discourse on communism, while constructing personal self-esteem identities based on moral and civic virtues such freedom of speach, of travelling, of learning, of political and religious choices, patriotism seen as an everyday choice, etc.



Claudia-Florentina Dobre, a Ph.D. in History of Laval University, Québec, is the director of the Centre of Memory and Identity Studies.

She majored in History at the University of Bucharest (1999). She held a Master of Arts in Medieval Studies from CEU (2002), and a MA in Social Sciences from Ecole doctorale francophone en sciences sociales, Europe centrale et orientale (2003). In June 2007, she defended her thesis on Women’s, former political detainees, testimonies on communism and political persecutions at Laval University of Québec. Subsequently, she was awarded « Robert Schuman scholarship of the European Parliament», in 2007, the « Junior Research Fellowship » of St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, in 2009, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bucharest (2010-2013). She was a research fellow at Institute for the studies of the recent past, Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2010, and a Junior Visiting Scholar at Central European University, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, in 2012.

Fields of research: the memory of communism and political persecutions; memory and history, memory of deportation; museums and monuments, daily life, and women in politics.



Valeriu ANTONOVICI  is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Vice-President of the Center for Memorial and Identity Studies and collaborative professor at SNSPA. Valeriu Antonovici has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (SNSPA – 2006), a Master’s degree in Anthropology (SNSPA – 2008), and a doctoral degree in Political Science (Doctoral School of SNSPA – 2011). He is the author of the volume Patriotic Work. Radiography of a fake idea, Bucharest / Cluj-Napoca, Eikon / Transylvania School, 2015; co-editor with Claudia-Florentina Dobre of two volumes: The Present of Communism: Cultural Memory and Historiographical Approaches, Ratio and Revelatio Publishing House, Oradea, 2016 and Deported in Baragan. Memories from the Romanian Siberia, Ratio and Revelatio Publishing House, Oradea, 2016; co-author with Simona Preda of the volume Straight ahead! Memories from childhood, Curtea Veche Publishing, Bucharest, 2016. He has published chapters and joint articles in volumes and specialized journals on topics related to recent memory, political power and government, and recent history.