About This Journal
The Journal of Social Encounters (JSE) is an interdisciplinary online journal with limited copies in print that publishes scholarly, peer-reviewed essays on peace, conflict, and social justice issues in any part of the world. The JSE was founded in 2011 as The Christian Social Encounter by the Center for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE), Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) with its first editor Dr. John Tenamwenye, as an exclusive print journal to encourage interchange of ideas on issues of current interest across disciplines. In keeping with this aim the current online issue, is published by CSJE at CUEA in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the Department of Peace Studies at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in Collegeville, Minnesota, and co-edited by Dr. Joseph Okumu, CSJE/CUEA, and Dr. Ron Pagnucco, Department of Peace Studies, CSB/SJU. The JSE will be published twice a year online on the CSB/SJU Digital Commons, with open, free access. While the JSE will publish essays by authors from any country in each issue, some essays by African authors always will be included in each issue so that African scholarship on peace, conflict and social justice will become better known.
The inaugural online issue of the JSE will appear in August, 2017. The deadline for manuscript submissions for the August issue is May 15, 2017.The theme for the online inaugural issue is "Peacebuilding," which encompasses all activities before, during and after conflict aimed at reducing intergroup tensions, building positive intergroup relations, and developing an environment that guarantees rights, prevents violence and sustains human flourishing. Peacebuilding involves many different activities and projects that address the causes of intergroup tensions, conflict and violence, both structural and direct, and that seek to establish both negative and positive peace, the absence of violence and/or the presence of social justice.