What is a Scholar-Practitioner?

A scholar-practitioner is, put simply, a scholar who practices. The term aligns with an emerging movement within academia and independent scholarship to transcend the problematic division between scholarship and practice – a division that has, until recently, dominated much of academic and intellectual culture. 

The scholar-practitioner approaches her object of study by privileging the synergy of knowledge and experience. While a scientist of fruit might be privy to the complex chemical makeup of a peach, if he has not yet tasted the nectarian delight of its inner sweetness, can we say that he “knows” the peach? If a scholar of Africa understands the complex political and social dynamics of the continent, the weather patterns, the diversity of flora and fauna, but has never visited there, does she “know” Africa? The scholar-practitioner posits that a knowledge without such experience is incomplete. She is therefore committed to experiential knowledge and the role it plays in shaping and informing more culturally-sanctioned forms of discursive knowledge. 

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