Dr Igor Cașu

Curriculum Vitae

2010 October - present, Director, Center for the Study of Totalitarianism, Faculty of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova

2004 March - 2010 October - Research Fellow coordinator, Institute of History, State and Law, Moldavian Academy of Sciences

1998 September - present - member of the UNESCO Chair of South East European Studies, Faculty of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova

1998 September - 2004 Senior Lecturer (since March 2003 - Associate Professor), Department of World History, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University

Selected Fellowships: CEP Local Faculty Fellow in Moldova (2001 - 2003),Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina (2000)

Research Project at the Kolleg

Why Individuals and Social Groups Accept or Oppose Communism: Collaboration, Cooptation and Resistance in Soviet Moldavia (1944-1972) in an East European Context

This research project focuses on collaboration and cooptation of the local population in Moldova under the Soviet regime, an under-researched topic. It also focuses on the population's resistance, which was given an extreme amount of attention in the post-Soviet Moldovan historiography. The situation is not very different in other former Soviet republics, especially in the Baltic States and the Ukraine, and the former East and Central European satellite states. This is explained by the fact that collaboration and cooptation issues cause people to be ashamed of their past, while resistance tends to raise their self-esteem in their own eyes and in the eyes of the others. We've seen examples of this both in the former Soviet republics and in the West. Thus, in order to bring a complex picture of what happened in Moldova in the first two and a half decades of the Soviet regime, one should approach these topics simultaneously, in one research study. Such an approach would help us answer one of the main questions addressed in the research project: What makes individuals and social groups accept or oppose communism? This kind of research could not be done without embarking on a comparative approach; that is, by comparing the level of collaboration and resistance in the MSSR with the Baltic States, particularly, Western Ukraine. The comparative aspect thus gives the research a transnational thrust. For various reasons, the time for such research is ripe: there are several important studies on resistance and a few others on collaboration in the former Soviet Union, each of which are informative from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Further, the disclosure of Moldovan archives in 2010 is another important reason that the research proposal is both feasible and necessary.

Main areas of research

  • Soviet Nationalities Policy in Bessarabia/Eastern Moldavia
  • Political repression
  • Violence and resistance in MASSR and MSSR
  • Everyday life
  • Corruption and cultural opposition under Communism

Positions and memberships

  • Centre for the Study of Totalitarianism, Faculty of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova, director
  • Member of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)