Mnemonic Constitutionalism in Hungary and EU Constitutional Imaginaries

In recent years, scholars have been exploring the intentions behind and consequences of historical narratives contained in the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Constitutional preambles can function as spaces for engagement with history, but the Hungarian developments warrant a more expansive examination of the phenomenon of mnemonic constitutionalism – the emerging prominence of historical narratives in constitutions and regulating history with law. Can or should the historical narratives of the Fundamental Law be connected to the assertion of State sovereignty through the rejection of EU integratory efforts; are they a tool of transmitting cultural values or a calculated political means to discriminate minorities. The presentation, the introduction to a forthcoming postdoctoral project within the framework of IMAGINE, explores how the increasing emphasis on history in Hungarian constitutionalism results in the embrace or rejection of ECIs.