Gendering History: Women and Independence in Latin America

The project aims to stimulate debate and research on women and independence in Latin America. This builds on public interest in women's involvement in the Independence Wars, triggered by the recent bicentenaries, and women's unprecedented presence in Latin American politics today.
A core and on-going objective are to provide a dynamic community-contributed and community-driven resource, which will allow participants to exchange ideas and information about the Independence struggles and their contemporary relevance.

Participants of the online system help to find the locations for important figures and events associated with the struggle for Independence in Latin America in the early 19th century and they locate those events online on the map.


The design is based on creating valuable user experiences through the theme of Gendering History in Latin America. The design consists of the website and mobile version of the project, interaction and graphic design, visual identity, layout and a logo, also including redesigned custom-styled maps.

One part of the whole design is a logo. The logo is conceptualized according to the theme of Gendering History, Independence in Latin America.

1. Two words are merged together into one word, a reference to two genders being equalized and put together.
2. No dots (tittles) on “i” letters were left, a reference to a change in common understanding.
3. The word “history” is made transparent as to be always seen differently on all occasions (mostly being placed on the constantly changing map background). It refers to history never being the same, also the project’s narratives and history being located on the map. While "gendering" word is always the same.
4. The background and cut-off letters are seen like in a stencil technique, like a stable cut-off from metal, or so, and meaning that the logo is a permanent emblem on the always-changing environment as a map.
5. The green color is chosen because of being in between pink and blue (gender-coded colors), between feminine and masculine, and at the same time not being one of them. Green is also referring to the most popular color on the map, like green nature. The synthetic color-tone is chosen because of the project being digital and online (using RGB), as well as to stand out from the natural (green) colors on the map (at satellite and hybrid modes).


The project is hosted by the Horizon Digital Economy Research centre, Nottingham, UK, and the University of Nottingham, UK.