Date:Tuesday 13 December 2022
Time:5:30pm - 7:00pm
Host:Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS)
What is the relationship between post-colonial theory and constitutionalism? What role does the construction of history play in this interaction? This seminar will discuss these questions in the context of William Partlett and Herbert Kupper’s new book, The Post-Soviet as Post-Colonial: A New Paradigm for Understanding Constitutional Dynamics in the Former Soviet Empire. It will address three main questions.
First, what is the relationship between post-coloniality and the fifteen post-Soviet states? Why have these post-Soviet states been ignored in post-colonial theory? What does this region teach us about post-colonial theory generally? For instance, what role does historical memory play in the post-coloniality of the region?
Second, how has post-coloniality shaped constitutionalism in the former Soviet states? What role has it played in informing constitutional interpretation and change? For instance, does post-coloniality always aid or hinder democratic constitution-building or will it depend on the context?
Third, what does the post-Soviet region teach us about post-colonial theory and comparative constitutional studies? What similarities and differences do we see between post-colonial constitutionalism in the former Soviet republics and other former colonial spaces? For instance, what role does constructions of history play in post-colonialism?
This webinar is being delivered live at 5.30pm AEDT on Tuesday 13 December 2022.
All are welcome. The webinar will be recorded.