Setsuko Yokoyama

ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities

Yokoyama’s scholarly and personal commitment is to redress historical violence through art, work towards healing trauma, and envision a more just society. Her current research investigates the history of “Visible Speech”—from phonetics, physiological alphabet, to the sound spectrograph—and how it intersects with linguistic imperialism, scientific racism, and technosolutionism. In the classroom, she invites her students to analyze how sound visualization technologies enabled and continue to enact violence on indigenous and immigrant communities and to formulate generative ways of rectifying such harms. As a part of her public humanities praxis, Yokoyama has recently been working with a group of multilingual Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian Diasporans who have digitally come together to address anti-Blackness within Asian/American communities. Through her transpacific translation work, Yokoyama follows the tradition of Afro-Asian solidarity led by Yuri Kochiyama in the 1960s. Yokoyama offers the language to dismantle white supremacy within Asian/American communities, which simultaneously illustrates more kind human relations than the ones that have bolstered and sustained systemic racism and other gravely detrimental inequities.