Mr Pranoto Iskandar
A Vernacular Constitution: How Cultural Imagination Can Induce the Persistence of Indonesia's 1945 Constitutional Order
This study presents a unique endeavor to elucidate the seemingly illogical preoccupation with a poorly written constitution in Indonesia by establishing a harmonious connection between the Indonesian sensibility and its written constitution. This fixation on the constitution can be understood as a localization of the imaginative aspects of constitutionalism, which refers to the manner in which we perceive the interplay between ideas, legal texts, and practical implementation. In that regard, this study adopts a multimodal approach to gain a deeper insight into the Indonesian constitutional imagination. By "multimodal explication," I refer to the synthesis of various disciplinary analyses and perspectives.
Pranoto Iskandar is an O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and founding director of the Institute for Migrant Rights, Cianjur–Indonesia. He is currently writing a thesis on how culture can contribute to the persistence of a constitutional order.