• Silvia Vega-Llona


    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. 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, Europe, and Latin America as well as films that performatively engage with split or conflicted identities and depict the uneven power-relations underpinning intersubjective communications and interpersonal contacts. My current research focuses on Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles and objects and their influence on European Modernism and on contemporary fashion, design and photography.

    Degrees Held:

    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

    Professional Affiliations:

    • International School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 2003 to 2006.
    • FUBIS (Free University of Berlin Summer Program) 2012.
    • Peruvian Cultural Patronage (international advisor).

    Recent Publications:

    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.



    Performances And Appearances:

    New School University. Presentation Diasporic Delights for the book launch: Mujer Desaparecida by Luis Galli and conversation with the author. April,2019.

    Columbia University School of the Arts. Introductory Lecture: "The Mind-Game Film." January 2018.

    New School University. Fifty Years of Solitude : Celebrating Gabriel García Márquez. Lecture. "Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Francesco Rosi and García Márquez." November 2017.

    Parsons School of Design, New School University. "Beyond Textiles: a conversation about fashion and textile designin/from Peru." Organized by Lucia Cuba. NYC, September, 2017.

    Museo Pedro de Osma. Lecture. "The Face as an Ethical Stance in the Work of Ana de Orbegoso." Barranco, Lima, Peru. July 2016.

    Cervantes Institute. Presentation about the Wiese Foundation. NYC, 2015

    Cervantes Institute. Presentation of films directed by Peruvian directors. NYC, 2014.



    Research Interests:

    Complex story telling in film, television, and literature. Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles, architecture, and objects and their influence on European Modernism and on contemporary fashion, design and photography. 

    Current Courses:

    Art & History of Documentary (Spring 2021)

    Capstone (Spring 2020)

    First Year Seminar

    Screen Theory (Spring 2021)

    Textiles and Textures