A tribute to the pioneering scholar E. Antonio (Tony) Yaguarix De Moya, this essay celebrates De Moya’s contributions to the study of sexuality and marginality in Dominican society by dwelling on key aspects of his scholarly output in this field in combination with the authors’ memories of dialogue and mentorship by the recently departed elder. By highlighting “the anecdotal” as a central dimension to how De Moya sought to mobilize and disrupt the positivist scientific paradigms in which he was trained, the two scholars suggest that De Moya’s work indexes the aim of this unforgettable presence to make space for social and sexual dissent and to practice a social science committed to decolonization.
Saberes raros and Postdictatorial Empiricism: A Tribute to E. Antonio Yaguarix De Moya
Carlos Ulises Decena teaches at Rutgers University, where he chairs the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. A queer studies scholar, he is the author of Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men (2011). His work has appeared in Small Axe as well as in other peer-reviewed publications. He is currently working on a manuscript called “Circuits of the Sacred.”
Fátima Portorreal Liriano studied anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. She completed a master’s in gender and development at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, where she currently serves as a professor of social anthropology, social narratives of the Caribbean, and history of the Caribbean. She has carried out research studies on land tenure struggles and agrarian reform, and her essays have been published in the Boletín del Museo del Hombre Dominicana and in Ciencia y Sociedad.
Carlos Ulises Decena, Fátima Portorreal Liriano; Saberes raros and Postdictatorial Empiricism: A Tribute to E. Antonio Yaguarix De Moya. Small Axe 1 July 2018; 22 (2 (56)): 161–174. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-6985843
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