Matt Fujimotois creating Research in Comparative Philosophy and Religion
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Language Training - Doing comparative research means learning languages. For me that means at least Japanese but I have been studying a bit of French and Chinese on the side. I am blessed with tutors who have been willing to help be without getting paid. However, I would like to pay them something.
Books - While libraries usually have the books I need they don’t always. Also one is not able to write in library books and thus having a personal copy of a book is a great help to research. Plus you don’t have to give it back and recheck it out if you need it again (which is normal), or spend lots of time making copies.
Conferences - Traveling to and presenting at conferences is an essential part of academic life. It is one of the ways that we share our ideas with our colleagues in a less formal way (in comparison to academic journals). However, this means paying for flights, hotels, and food. Living in Japan does not help the cost of such trips either as many are held in Europe or North America
Organization Memberships - Often to attend conferences one must be a member of the society or organization hosting the conference. There is the added bonus of being able to receive the journal that the society publishes as well, allowing one to stay up to date on the latest research.
Beyond the financial support, your support on Patreon lets me know that the work that I am doing is something people are interested in and want to see happen.
I am still working on the membership tiers as I have some ideas for benefits. However, I do not want to promise anything until I get some things figured out. Things will only get better from here!