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Rolf Erik Scott

Researcher
  • E-mailRolf.Scott@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

My research focuses on the constitution of the individualistic individual and the phenomenology, history and dynamics of global space. This includes how the Neo-Platonic and Christian notion of the self and God, led to a concretisation of the modern individual, and the epistemolocial structure of the global world as we know it. A main theoretical approach is how the self became after 1400, and following the reintroduction of Ptolemy's Geography, perceived pragmatically as a point relating to the global grid of latitude and longitude, which is an outher projection of the self. Such a cosmological "genesis" figure is the basic structure from which the individual relates to a global world as a collective.

Part of my work has been to investigate Western people who sail on cruising yachts around the world, and I have also worked on the revitalisation of Polynesian Navigation in Hawaii. 

My work includes drug related problems and mental health issues among marginalised people in Bergen, Norway. 

I am also a film producer, and have filmed and directed a whole range of ethnographic films.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Going for Mackerel. Journal of Anthropological Films.
  • Show author(s) 2019. The Go-Between, Afar of Ethiopia . Journal of Anthropological Films.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Chea's Great Kuarao. Journal of Anthropological Films.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Positioning the Individual in a Global World. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 46-62.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) 2017. Magi i kvardagen - presentasjon og diskusjon av filmen Going for Mackerel.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Hvordan blir vi en nasjon igjen: navigasjon skaper folk i Stillehavet.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Film: Et enkelt verktøy for formidling og kommunikasjon med stor påvirkningskraft.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2017. “Nostalgia as a Dynamic of a Western Individualistic Cosmology”.
  • Show author(s) 2017. The Road to Hell is Paved With Good intentions; .
  • Show author(s) 2017. The Point-Self In the Global-Grid as a Universal Value.
  • Show author(s) 2017. An Anthropological Inquiry into the Technologicla Grid-Based Transformation of the Social.
  • Show author(s) 2016. The point-self in the global-grid as a self-confirming evolving system of reality.
  • Show author(s) 2016. The Global as the Technological Self of Transcendence.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Technologies of the Self in the Global-Grid of Latitude and Longitude.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Å standardisere, disiplinere og redusere individet i en moderne velferdsorientert verden definert ut fra borgerskapets verdier.
  • Show author(s) 2014. The Connecting Force of the Global Grid of Latitude and Longitude.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Bolig og hjem for et bedre liv.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The point and the global grid as the basis of the globally projected self.
  • Show author(s) 2013. The global grid of latitude and longitude, and how it manifests in the planning and execution of a sailing vacation in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Prosjekt Overgang. Rusmisbruke; Hva er nå det???
  • Show author(s) 2013. 1. Hva er et begrep og hvorfor er kunnskap om begrep viktig? 2.Å standardisere, disiplinere og redusere individet i en moderne velferdsorientert verden dominert av borgerskapens verdier. 3.Rusmiljøer versus borgerskap - Hjem og bolig på vei mot et bedre liv? 4. Film. De margnialiserte. 19 min.
  • Show author(s) 2012. The Global as a Reality Machine.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Standardising, Disciplining and Reducing the Individual in a Modern Individualised, and Welfare Orientated World Dominated by Bourgeois Values.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Cosmonauts in the Learning.
  • Show author(s) 2011. The emergence of a coherent and totalising point based, individualising, and global existence.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Prosjekt overgang.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Cosmonauts in the learning.
  • Show author(s) 2008. The Hawaiian transformation of Pacific and Global Space.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Kultur og kulturforståelse: Skapelsen av en vestlig forståelse av rom.
  • Show author(s) 2006. International Agents and Local Development.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Globalt rom, tidlige europeiske utforskere, og vestlige sjønomader.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Filmene Alfred Melotu, The Funeral of a Paramount Chief (45 min)Chea´s Great Kuarao (50min)Vincent and the Rainforest. Global Conversations in Rural Melanesia (70 min)Ble vist og deretter diskutert.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Film, dens kosmologiske røtter, globale dynamikk og innvirkning på individet.
  • Show author(s) 2005. The Construction of Standardized Global Space and the Positioning of the Individual.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Filmwork in the Marovo Lagoon.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Filmens plass i helheten.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Film, its Cosmological Roots, Global Dynamics, and Impact on Individuality.
  • Show author(s) 2004. ThoughtsConcerning Film as a Tool for Research.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The Positioning of the Individual and the Construction of Global Space.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Konstruksjonen av et globalt rom og dens påvirkninger på individet.
Other product
  • Show author(s) 2006. Vincent and the Rainforest: Global Conversations in Rural Melanesia.
  • Show author(s) 2006. The Power of Museum Objects: His Grace Reverend Ikan Rove, KBE, of Solomon Islands visits the British Museum.
Other presentation
  • Show author(s) 2011. Going for Mackerel (film 27').
  • Show author(s) 2007. "Going for Mackerel (27 min)", og "The Cactus League (19 min", av Rolf Scott og Frode Storaas.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Filmforum Bergen.
Book review
  • Show author(s) 2006. Godt om manndom i utvikling. Anmeldelse av Knut Kolnar sin bok "Mannedyret; Begjær i Norsk film. Spartacus forlag. Bergens Tidende. 41-41.
Thesis at a second degree level
  • Show author(s) 2002. Crusing the World as a Western Sea Nomad.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2016. The Global Self. Constituting the Self as a Point in a Grid-Based Global World.
Documentary
  • Show author(s) 2017. What do the rocks say?
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2011. Voyaging, cultural heritage and rites of passage : the Hawaiian transformation of Pacific and global space. 50 pages.
Museum exhibition
  • Show author(s) 2014. Montage på veggen til etnografisk museum Moesgaard. Bidraget vårt er tatt fra filmen, Alfred Melotu, The Funeral of a Paramount Chief. Av Peter Crawford, Jens Pinholt, og Rolf Scott.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Film. Tuo Dolphins. 24.min. år 2006.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Film. Alfred Melotu, The Funeral of a Paramount Chief. 44.30. Produksjonsår. 2003.
  • Show author(s) 2009. 2009 – Juni: Ansvarlig for filmmateriale til utstillingen: ”Kolonitid! Nordmenn på eventyr og big business i Afrika og Stillehavet” ved Bergen Museum.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Sailing the Reef Islands. Film på 6 minutter til utstillingen "Stjernestier over Stillehavet", fortellinger om opprinnnelse i Oceania. Omhander havseiling med kano av Polynesiere fra Reef Øyene og som er en del av Salomon øyene.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Bubo.
Poster
  • Show author(s) 2007. Presentasjon av filmen: FOLKET OG PRESIDENTEN – ET PORTRETT AV DEN BOLIVARIANSKE REVOLUSJON (86 min) Av Iselin Åsedotter Strønen og Hildegunn Wærness Påfølgende analyse og leder av diskusjon.
Digital learning tools
  • Show author(s) 2004. The settlement 2. 24 minutes. Observations from an Afar home settlement in Ethiopia towards midday.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The Waterhole 27 min. En film om livet rundt et vanningshull blant Afar folket i Etiopia.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The Settlement. 23 min. Observations from a an Afar home settlemet early in the morning. Location Ethiopia.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The Night (23 minutes). Observations from a home settlement among the Afar of Ethiopia during the night.
Film
  • Show author(s) 2014. The Go-Between, Afar of Ethiopia, film 38min.
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) 2016. The Manipal Centre and Professor Sundar Sarukkai.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Revolution Through Practice and Fluid Relations.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Reflections on Charlie Hebdo and Comments in the American Anthropologist.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Meeting in Ascona! 8-15 of March 2016.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Grassroots Challenging “Liberal Democracies.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Casino Cities-Las Vegas, Macau and Monaco!

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2020. The Invisibility of the Visual: The ideological formation of realities as seen through a museum exhibition, and the visual-virtual individualistic-egalitarian way the individual relates to the global world. Monograph (Forthcoming).  

2020. The Lost Child. 1 hour 35 min. Scott, Rolf; Smedal, Olaf. Film, Flores, Indonesia. (Forthcoming). 

2020. Going for Mackerel (27 min). Scott, Rolf; Storaas, Frode; Perlov, Diane. Journal of Anthropological Films (in press).

2019. The Go-Between, Afar of Ethiopia (36 min). Journal of Anthropological Films;Volum 3.(1)UiB. Storaas, Frode; Scott, Rolf. E; Kassa, Getachew.

2018. Chea's Great Kuarao. 55 min. Marovo Lagoon. Salomon Islands. Scott, Rolf. E; Hviding, Edvard; Tollefsen, Trygve. Chea's Great Kuarao. Journal of Anthropological Film. Vol (2)

2018. 1. What is egalitarianism (4,20 min) ? 2. Why do research on egalitarianism (4 min)? 3. Can there be any true egalitarian societies (6,43 min)? 4. Are utopias a driving force of egalitarianism (2,20 min)? 4 films in conversation with professor Bruce Kapferer at the Albert Memorial, London.

2017. What do the Rocks say? (17 min). Scott, Rolf; Storaas, Frode; Smedal, Olaf. The Department of Anthropology, Uib. Website.

2016. The Global Self. Positioning the Individual as a Point in a Grid-Based Global World. Doctoral Thesis. University of Bergen.  

[2010]. Voyaging, Cultural Heritage, and Rites of Passage: The Hawaiian Transformation of Pacific and Global Space, in Edvard Hviding and Knut Rio (eds) Social Movements, Cultural Heritage and the State in Oceania. Oxford: Sean Kingston Publishing.

[2010 in print] The Photograph and Film: Cosmological Roots, Global Dynamics and Impact on Individuality, in Bruce Kapferer and Angela Hobard (eds.) Human Interface between Ritual, Theatre and Film. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2007. Å posisjonere individet i en moderne verden. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 18(1): 46-62.

2003. Documentary film workshop Tanzania. SOT Film A/S and GeGCA–NUFU papers.

 2002. Cruising the World as a Western Sea Nomad. Master thesis in social anthropology, Dept. of social anthropology, UiB, p. 233.


Selected anthropological films and web presentations

2009. Responisble for the films for the exhibition ”Kolonitid! Nordmenn på eventyr og big business i Afrika og Stillehavet” at Bergen Museum. These films include:

-"Norske etterkommere på Salomonøyene." 27 min. [with Edvard Hviding]. Produced by UiB, Sot Film AS.

- "Nordmenn som formet Kauai." 29 min. [with Knut Rio]. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot Film AS

- "Entreprenøren Mike Faye." 14 min. [with Knut Rio]. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot Film AS.

- "Familien Blackstad på Kauai." 11 min. [with Knut Rio]. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot Film AS.

- "Chris Faye, Kunstmaler." 16 min. [with Knut Rio]. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot Film AS.

- "Sjø, hav og seilskuter." 8 min. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot Film AS.

- "Kauai, en bildepresentasjon." 16 min. Produced by Bergen Museum, Sot film AS.


2006. "Å seile Reef Øyene." 6 min. Used in the exhibition "Stjernestier over Stillehavet” at the Ethnographic museum, University of Oslo organized by Arne Perminov. Produced by Ethnographic museum, University of Oslo.

2006. "New Life in the Old World. A Knighthood in London to the Spiritual Authority of the Christian Fellowship Church in Solomon Islands." 60 min. [with Edvard Hviding]. Produced by Sot Film AS, UiB and British Museum.

2006. "Vincent and the Rainforest: Global Conversations in Rural Melanesia." 75 min. [with Edvard Hviding]. Produced by SOT-Film AS, UiB and Solomon Islands National Museum

2006. "The Power of Museum Objects." 40 min. [with Edvard Hviding]. Produced by SOT Film AS, UiB and British Museum.

2006. "Bubo. 10. min. Produced by Bergen Museum, UiB  and Sot Film AS.

2004. Editing of Gunnar og Kari Haaland's film “The Ethiopian Iron Smelter and his World.” 55 min. Produced by UiB.

2004. Film consultant and last editing of the film "Datoga, let's beware AIDS!". 56 min. In co-operation with Ole Bjørn Rekdal at the University College of Bergen.

2003. "Lawrence in the Field. Museum Director Meets Morovo Lagoon." 45 min. [with Edvard Hviding]. Produced by Sot Film AS, UiB and Solomon Islands National Museum.

2003. "Chea’s Kuarao Interactive." [with Edvard Hviding and Trygve Tollefsen]. Web design by Mandag Media. Produced by Sot Film AS and UiB.

2003. "Teknologi, organisasjon og overtro på Havdrøn." 49 min. [with Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film AS and UiB.

2003. "The Waterhole." 27 min. [with Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film AS and UiB.

2003. "The settlement." 23 minutes. [with Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film AS and UiB.

2003. "Augusts. The settlement 2." 24 min. [with Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film AS and UiB.

2003. "August. The Night 23 minutes." [with Frode Storås]. Produced by  Sot Film AS and UiB.

2002. "Alfred Melotu, The funeral of a Paramount Chief." 45 min. [with Peter Crawford and Trygve Tollefsen] Produced by Bergen Museum, Universitety of Århus (Denmark), Intervention Press (Denmark) and Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA).

2002. "Chea’s Great Kuarao." 57 min. English version. [with Edvard Hviding and Trygve Tollefsen]. Produced by Sot Film AS in co-operation with UiB.

2002. "Tuo Dolphins." 25 min. [with Peter Crawford]. Produced by Sot Film AS, Intervention Press, Bergen Museum and Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA).

1999. "Going for Mackerel." 27 min. [with Diane Perlov and Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film A/S, Bergen Museum and California Science Centre, Los Angeles, USA.

1999. "The Cactus League." 19 min. [with Diane Perlov and Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film A/S, Bergen Museum and California Science Centre, Los Angeles, USA.

1999. "Magic at Work." 10 min. [with Diane Perlov and Frode Storås]. Produced by Sot Film A/S, Bergen Museum and California Science Centre, Los Angeles, USA.