Analysis of the transformation of gender roles in Colombia during the 20th century: new masculinities, in the footsteps of Luis Caballero

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 an integral understanding of the configuration of the different trajectories 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, and focusing on the trajectory of some particular actors of the moment, this project aims to analyze the way in which the changes that the social, economic and political structure underwent throughout the twentieth century in Colombia transformed the disposition and functioning of gender roles. 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 social and cultural historical processes in the study of phenomena that have radically altered the spaces of the feminine and the masculine today.
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 leaving some answers and academic explorations about the transitions experienced by social and cultural orders in Antioquian and Caribbean society (this last research, centered in the Colombian Caribbean, is still valid and has been financed by the FIUR throughout 2013) in the mid-twentieth century, With this new project, the group prepares to face other academic challenges, focusing on the problematic of the formulation of 'new masculine roles' in Bogotá between the 50s and 90s, through the artistic and vital trajectory of the painter Luis Caballero Holguín. The intention is to complete the basic triangle of some of Colombia's most influential local cultures, in order to locate both the general process of modernization and access to modernity, as well as the parallel change in gender roles and social support structures such as the family. Simultaneously, and within the framework of gender studies, we consider it indispensable to open the panorama from the transformation of feminine roles to the appearance and growing consolidation of new images of masculinity.

Commitments / Obligations

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 duration of the project, and the preliminary reflections will serve as input for a Working Paper, which will be published as an Institutional Document. The article would be authored by the principal researcher, with co-authorship by the Young Researcher.

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.
Effective start/end date10/1/1412/30/15

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Main Funding Source

  • National


  • Bogotá D.C.


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.