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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship to Kei Hiruta

AIAS Fellow Kei Hiruta is awarded an MSCA Individual Fellowship by the EU for his project on comparative political theory.

Hiruta’s project will contribute to the rapidly growing field of comparative political theory by way of critically engaging with the renowned Japanese thinker Masao Maruyama. While Maruyama has long been recognized as an important political theorist of the 20th century, academic studies of his thought in European languages have been limited due to linguistic and cultural barriers. This will change with Hiruta’s research project that will draw comparisons between Maruyama and a number of other philosophers, political theorists and social scientists from Hannah Arendt to Yukichi Fukuzawa.

With the award of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, Kei Hiruta will continue his research at Aarhus University, moving to the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas after his AIAS-COFUND Fellowship. This department is an ideal place to host the project, according to Hiruta:

“Because the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas has been a leading force in the current pan-European effort to make the study of political ideas more diverse, more inclusive and more globally oriented”. And this focus goes very well with Hiruta’s MSCA project entitled ‘Failing Politically: Masao Maruyama and Comparative Political Theory’. The project will begin in the autumn of 2022 and be supervised by Professor Mikkel Thorup.


Dr Kei Hiruta, Assistant Professor, AIAS-COFUND Fellow

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