Analysis of the tensions, transformations and contradictions surrounding the construction of new gender roles in Colombia during the 20th century. Atlantic Coast: the case of Cecilia Porras

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The irruption of modernization and modernity processes that occurred during the first half of the twentieth century in Colombia constitutes a complex problem. Its analysis allows a comprehensive understanding of the configuration of the different roles on the basis of which social structuring projects have been formulated, and therefore, of the way in which the different actors that make up the process establish a relationship with the public sphere, as well as with primary orders such as the family and gender roles.
Through hermeneutic research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, this project aims to analyze the way in which the changes in social, economic and political structure experienced throughout the twentieth century in Colombia transformed the disposition and functioning of gender roles, focusing on the trajectory of some particular actors of the time. At the same time, the project seeks to enrich the field of "gender studies" by incorporating an interdisciplinary perspective that gives a fair place to historical processes of a social and cultural type in the study of phenomena that have radically altered the spaces of the feminine and the masculine at present.
This project is part of the research line "History, Culture and Political Philosophy" of the Center for Political and International Studies (CEPI), whose purpose is the historical, historiographic, sociological and philosophical study of cultural processes from which problems, beliefs, practices and contemporary social and political institutions can be understood. After presenting some answers and academic explorations about the transitions experienced by the social and cultural orders in Antioquia's society in the mid-twentieth century, with this new project the group prepares to face other academic challenges, broadening its research horizon to other regional contexts, life trajectories and categories of analysis.
The research also aims to enrich the process of consolidating the seedbed of researchers of the Line, linking a young researcher graduated from the program of Political Science and Government. Likewise, the final product of the research is intended to be the elaboration of an academic article for publication in an indexed journal, as well as Working Pappers under the Institutional Documents modality.

Layman's description

To analyze, through the comparison between two historical milestones (Cecilia Porras, Débora Arango), the transformations and contradictions of gender roles during the twentieth century in Colombia; pointing out the incidence in them of changes in social, economic and political structures; as well as the irruption of the discourses of modernity, modernization and industrialization.


1) An academic article, corresponding to the type of analysis stated in the general objective and to the development of specific objectives of interest to the scientific community at the national and international level. This article would be published in a national or international indexed journal. The article will be elaborated throughout the year of the project, and the preliminary reflections will serve as input for the Working Pappers, which will be published as Institutional Documents. The article would be authored by the principal investigator, with co-authorship by the Young Investigator.

2) Incorporation of research advances to the agenda of the Permanent Seminar of the Research Line "History, Culture and Political Philosophy" of CEPI, where they will be socialized to its members and other members of the Academic Community who are interested.

3) Organization of a public informative conference of institutional scope on topics related to the project and addressed to the academic community and the interested public.
Effective start/end date2/1/131/30/14

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Main Funding Source

  • FIUR


  • Bogotá D.C.


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