Eugene Lang Building
My main interests encompass the relation between the cinema, mind, affect and the public sphere. In particular, I examine the potential of documentary film as well as feature films (analogue and digital forms) for fostering a critical engagement with and understanding of the contemporary world, preferably from a transnational perspective. This requires an ethnographic and anthropological point of view alongside aesthetic and formal criteria. Specific topics that highlight these issues are global cities and transnational communities in the US and Europe, as well as films that performatively engage with split or conflicted identities and depict the uneven power-relations underpinning intersubjective communications and interpersonal contacts. Among my current projects is a research and teaching initiative on Textiles and Textures—Signs and Designs, Andean Textiles Across Time and Tradition.
PhD, Performance Studies and Anthropology, New York University;
MA, Anthropology, University of California at San Diego;
BA, Clinical Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University of Lima, Peru
S. Vega-Llona, Temor y Curacion en la Ciudad Global (Fear and Healing in the Global City). Fondo Editorial del Congreso del Peru. Lima, November 2005
S. Vega-Llona, The Beggar with the Prada Shoes: Stories from the Global Sidewalk (in process).
S.Vega-LLona, The Lady of Cao, Sorceress Queen: Archeology,Documentary Film, and Sustainable Development. El Comercio, Dominical, March, 2015.
Transnational cinema in the USA, Europe, and East Asia. Film Festivals. Complex story telling in film, television, and literature. Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles, their influence in contemporary global design and fashion. Labor.
Textiles and Textures
Visual Culture: Art and Design
Art & History of Documentary (Open Campus)
The Art of Documentary