Overview of the Journal

Chemchemi – International Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 1563 -1028) is a peer-reviewed print journal of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) of Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. The main objective of the journal is to stimulate and encourage debate on key themes in the Humanities and Social Sciences that are both interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary in scope. The journal publishes articles of a theoretical and empirical nature as well as short communications and book reviews.
The editor invites submissions of scholarly abstracts from disciplines under the Humanities and Social Sciences for the forthcoming issue (Volume 11, Issue 1) that focuses on Issues in Governance, Peace and Security in Contemporary Africa. Abstracts for papers bearing arguments and perspectives that underscore this view are highly encouraged. Chemchemi publishes original research articles based on case studies, empirical and other research, as well as solicits book reviews from researchers, academicians, professionals and practitioners from all over the world.

Issues in Governance, Peace and Security in Contemporary Africa
Issues of governance, peace and security in Africa are emerging as critical drivers of academic debate and scholarship. Despite observations made by previous researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, Africa still continue to be ravaged by wars, conflict, poverty, environmental degradation, diseases among other challenges. All these challenges have a critical link to issues of governance, peace and security. Indeed, as the vagaries globalization and other related transnational entities continue to weigh down on the continent’s present potential and future promise, part of the broad task of the research community remains the need to variedly articulate reasoned responses to the multiple continental challenges. Whereas the context of governance, peace and security seem to project the primacy of Africa within global discourses, the link between these issues and other local, national, regional and international dynamics provide useful interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary reflections. This Chemchemi call seeks to provide an intellectual platform to interrogate and address the aforementioned challenges.

Sub themes:

  • Governance, state fragility and its implication for peace
  • Resource governance and cultures of peace
  • Culture, religion and peace building
  • Conflict management and peace building
  • Gender Perspectives in conflict, peace and post conflict contexts
  • Language, media and security Issues
  • Marginalization, poverty and insecurity
  • Ethno-sectarian identities and conflicts
  • Constitutionalism, devolution and governance
  • Terrorism and transnational insecurity
  • State and non-state responses to security
  • Local, regional and international dimensions to peace and security
  • Role of transport, communication and technology in peace building

Submission of Abstracts
E-mail submission (as an MS Word attachment) is mandatory, and abstracts should not be more than 300 words in length. Book review articles should be 1000 words and adhere to the theme of the issue. A separate cover page indicating the title of the paper, the author’s name and institutional affiliation, and contact information must accompany all submitted abstracts. The author’s name should not appear on the second page. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 15th February 2016. Authors of the successful abstracts will be contacted on or before 19th February 2016. The abstract should be in Times New Roman, Font 12 and adhere strictly to the APA reference style. They can be submitted in English (French and Kiswahili articles or those in any other language should be accompanied with a translation in English).
Authors of successful abstracts shall be asked to prepare full papers that should be ready by 21st March 2016. Received papers shall be subjected to a rigorous, blind peer review process in line with international scholarly practice. Contributors of articles selected for publication will receive one copy of the journal. Copyright reverts to the contributor after publication.
Please e-mail all submissions and/or related communication to:

Calvine Kayi, PhD
The Editor-in-Chief
Chemchemi International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kenyatta University
P. O. Box 43844-00100

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