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.


“Memorialul deportarii” (The Memorial of Deportation)

Our project aims at re-introducing the topic of deportation into public space debates. It aims to to slow down the movement of oblivion through a documentary, a book, an internet site, a conference and many debats dedicated to deportation. Our project addresses the problem of the communist deportation, a “second Gulag” as Nicolas Werth called it, through witness memories. We envisage revealing the dark side of that repressive enterprise that deprived human beings of satisfying their basic needs. Furthermore, our project aimed at lending a voice to the silent people, victims of communist Manichean perspective of the world. It is concerned with the individual responses to the official politics and policies of remembrance.


Our project has the following components:

  • The documentary, Baragan Stories: Memories from the Romanian Siberia. In one single day, or rather night, on the 18/19th of June 1951, 44 000 people were deported into what are the today counties of Braila, Calarasi and Ialomita, in the south-east of Romania. Among them there were numerous children, women, and elderly, sick persons. During the 5 years of deportation, hundreds of these deportees lost their lives. All of them lost their sense of belonging, becoming second class citizens: aliens to their native homes, foreign visitors to their new neighbours. The communist regime labelled all these persons as “enemies of people”.  Actually, these “enemies” were rightful citizens of Romania, who lived near the border of Yugoslavia: Serbs, Bulgarians, Jews, Germans, Bassarabians, Megleno-Romanians and Vlachos. Deportation had not only a political component, but also a clear ethnic aspect, as the Serbians, the Bessarabians and the Aromanians are mentioned as distinctive groups among deportees. Victims of communist regime repressive politics, the former deportees perish one by one, taking with them the heavy burden of their memories.
  •, a site to gather informations about deportations, interviews with witnesses, pictures of that period, articles, debates, etc.
  • A book of memoirs and analysis of deportation phenomenon.
  • Debates and a conference on deportation.

The project