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. 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. 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.

Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1 (2017)

The special theme for this, our inaugural online issue of the JSE, 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.



Introducing the Journal of Social Encounters
Joseph Okumu and Ronald Pagnucco

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