Bernadette Preben-Hansen




Copenhagen, Denmark


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Qui ne sait se borner ne sut jamais écrire. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art poétique 1674



Scientia est nobilis animi possessio, quae distributa recipit incrementum et avarum dedignatur possessorem. Nisi enim publicetur et multiplicetur, elabitur.

Johannes Dacus, Divisio Scientiarum c. 1280




"Nam etiam illa barbaria, quae trans oceanum habitat, in illam <dialecticam> impetum fecit. At quae gentes, dii boni? Quorum etiam nomina perhorresco: Farabrich <Richard Ferrybridge †after 1367>, Buser <William Buser of Heusden †after 1413>, Occam <William Ockham †1347>, Suisset <Roger Swineshead †1365?>, aliique eiusmodi, qui omnes mihi videntur a rhadamantis cohorte traxisse cognomina. Et quid est (...) inquam, in dialectica quod non britannicis sophismatibus conturbatum sit?" Leonardo Bruni. Ad Petrum Paulum Histrum dialogus. In: Prosatori latini del Quattrocento. Milano 1952, 58-60. So, why did Bruni complain so much over Ferrybridge?

Bernadette Preben Hansen

Birth name: Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen (unmarried)

Copenhagen, Denmark






Danish, born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Educated at the University of Copenhagen (The Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology / Institute of Greek and Latin, MA 1994). Studies at Groningen University, COMERS, the Netherlands, as PhD fellow Ubbo Emmius Bursaal 1999-2001: John Buridan †1360 and Buridanism at the Central European Universities 1350-1420


I have been working on Sophismata and on selected commentaries on Aristotle's Physics. Currently (autumn 2016), I am carrying out the substantial updating of the E. P. Bos / L. M. de Rijk Database. Leiden: Medieval Logical Manuscripts (around 10.000 entries). My travels in Europe (conferences, libraries, manuscripts, symposia)




Filolog, født 1967 (Charlottenlund). Kandidat i latinsk middelalderfilologi fra Københavns Universitet 1994. Ph.d. stipendiat i skolastik ved Groningen Universitet, Nederlandene 1999-2001. Universitetsstudier i primært historie: Tysklands, Ruslands, Sovjetunionens, Polens og Baltikums historie, politik og militærhistorie, historisk kildekritik og palæografi, den latinske katolske og den russiske ortodokse kirkehistorie, reformations- og oplysningstidshistorie i Europa, Københavns Universitets historie, filosofihistorie i skolastik og oplysningstid, samt nederlandsk grammatik og sprogfærdighed. Har på dansk publiceret om dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland og Sibirien 1917-1920. The Danish Aid to POWs in Soviet Russia and Siberia 1917-1920. Interested in Philosophy and in the History of Learning



And writing on three manuscripts:

a. Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-20 (160 pages, publication: 2017), The Danish Aid to POWs in Soviet Russia and Siberia 1917-1920

b. Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa (100 pages), Harald Scavenius: a Danish Diplomat in Europe (publication: 2018)

c. The Heritage of John Buridan (defence: 2019)



Spoken languages: Danish (native), English (fluent), Dutch/Nederlands (good), German (all right)

Reading: the spoken languages, Latin, French and Italian


Knowledge of: Ancient Greek, Bible Hebrew, Russian, Latin Palaeography (13C and 14C philosophical manuscripts), History of Medieval Philosophy, 20th Century European History, History of Germany, Russia, USSR and the Baltics, History of Literature and Poetry.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sea around Denmark

My courses at the University of Copenhagen 1986-2016






I. to see my two small books published in Danish, with extensive summaries in English, German and Nederlands:

a. Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-20 (160 pages)

b. Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa (100 pages)


II. to defend my PhD


III. to do some Latin editions of small pieces of 14C Oxford Logic: John Dumbleton, Thomas Wyk, and many others


IV. to defend my dr.phil. (habilitation, Latin Scholasticism) at the University of Copenhagen, my home-university





THE SAXO LIBRAY, Greek and Latin sine qua non!


"Science, scholarship and books go together. Without books no science or scholarship" (Sten Ebbesen). The Danes, science, scholarship, and books in the Middle Ages. Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval book culture in Denmark (ed. Erik Petersen). Copenhagen 1999 (87-7023-396-9), 119


"The work on this book has been performed in the Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology under the University of Copenhagen. Had I not got the chance to work there, I could never have written it" (Niels Jørgen Green-Pedersen). The Tradition of the Topics in the Middle Ages, The Commentaries on Aristotle’s and Boethius’ Topics. München 1984 (3-88 405-046-X), 9









My PhD can not be defended in Copenhagen (since 25-6-1999, due to my past engagement with Professor Sten Ebbesen. Private relation on his spontaneus unexspected intitiative (unsolicited, in initio unwished): 15-12-1989. I was 22, did not know him and was afraid of him. However, we were a couple by 27-12-1989.


Engagement for marriage: 14-3-1991. Cohabitation, with Marie Delgado Ebbesen (b. 1972), Skolevej 20, DK-2820 Gentofte: 1991. I broke down, due to the address, the address of the (visiting) former wife, 1970-90, and childhood home for three children, one of which living at home. Anni Aggernæs left him and the address 1989. In darker moments I felt somewhat 'used' in his divorce (1990), that he did not care for my person and my life. We were "on trial", he said. The teenager knew me better than I know myself, but the role per definition as 'the evil stepmother' (cf. Marie Delgado Ebbesen) is not on my repertoire, neither in my tweenties nor today. Sten Ebbesen refused every communication since 1992, never talking to me nor with me (without any communication, he kicked me out 1991), and ever since ... (Our final conversation 1991, Sten Ebbesen: “You wont accept my family!” Bernadette Preben-Hansen: “It is your family not accepting me”. Discussing my person with his family, he did not talk neither with me nor to me


Our teacher-pupil relation 1990-91, our engagement and my person as an ambitious research student was strongly opposed by the Department secretary Hannah Krogh Hansen: 1990-91 (asking unanswered questions on private matters and commenting on my social 'status' at our institute. I insisted being the student, and no-one else), 1990s, 2000s, 2011. (Hannah Krogh Hansen left duty 2004). I was harrased at our institute 1993-97, 2011 (documentation at the Faculty). He discussed my person with his secretary


My exams were blocked 1994 (a registration for an exam disappeared 1995). Sten Ebbesen, being the director of our Institute of Greek and Latin 1990s, did show no responsibility towards me as a student at the University of Copenhagen. Sten Ebbesen raised a university case 1994-99


My opponents (University of Copenhagen): Kirsten Stenbjerre (Faculty of Humanities), Dorrit Wivel (Rectors office) in perpetuo, Hannah Krogh Hansen. Hannah Krogh Hansen was in the Faculty Council with Kirsten Stenbjerre, and was later offered a job at the Rectors office


University of Copenhagen: 1994-99, 1999-2016, relegatio in perpetuo (25-6-1999). ALL ACTS ARE PUBLIC (Kirsten Stenbjerre asked me to “burn the acts” 2000, and Dorrit Wivel remains refusing me access to documents since 2000)


Mentioning neither name nor source Dorrit Wivel copypasted sentences from letters, authored by Sten Ebbesen 1999. Dorrit Wivel declared these sentences for so-called facts 1999. She presented the facts to rector 1999. "It is easier to copy from an already existing report", Dorrit Wivel later explained 2000. More to most sentences were untrue 1999. The author (Sten Ebbesen) is declared legally disqualified 1994 (Faculty of Humanities, the dean)


Dorrit Wivel held a meeting (face to face) with Sten Ebbesen (June 1999), but never met the student: Bernadette Preben-Hansen. Sten Ebbesen discussed my person with Dorrit Wivel. She was incriminating the student, who was unable to recognise more and more claims 1999 (some were de facto and realiter impossible, more were untrue). I lost every respect for the uncritical copy-paster: Dorrit Wivel


In 1999, I was broken by Sten Ebbesen (c. 20-8-1991: “Three is enough!” (Marie, Peter, Martha) he said. I was in love and in my twenties; this was the ultimate rejection, in the situation, for me "holy"; 25-6-1999, relegation, at the request of Sten Ebbesen)

In 2001, I was able to document one sentence as evidently false

In 2001, "the case" went to the Danish Ministry of Education, in my favour

In 2002, "the case" went to the Danish Ministry of Science (meeting in the ministry, with Dorrit Wivel, not in my favour)

In 2004, "the case" went to the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (at my request)

In 2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me personal permission to consult the SAXO Library Greek and Latin - at the Royal Library of Copenhagen. However, the University of Copenhagen did not effectuate this library permission in practice

In 2008, Professor John Marenbon (Cambridge) let me know on e-mail, that Sten Ebbesen discussed my person with his international colleagues: Irène Rosier, Costantino Marmo, and others. I have been kept out of all social scientific events in Copenhagen since 1993 (now in Gothenburg, as well) by Sten Ebbesen & Co.

In 2011, the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed my library permission

In 2015, the University of Copenhagen - finally - effectuated my library permission in practice

However, Professor Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access to our microfilms (cf. Hanne Møller, 2015)


In 2016, I am still fighting with Dorrit Wivel, refusing every pardon - 2014 - for an unhappy engagement (1990-91, being none of my initiative, but) with permanent consequences for me at the University of Copenhagen (1994-1999 to 2016). Dorrit Wivel claims that in perpetuo means: in perpetuo. I don’t understand the rationality, if any, behind her decision (1999, 2014)?


In 2004-2016, I have been 'a student' of the University of Copenhagen with no opportunity for examinations and scientific defends. However, I am working to publish


I have no problem being in the same room as Sten Ebbesen (I did love him once). We are present in a mutual coexistence at symposia and conferences in our common world 2000s, 2010s. He never greets, since 1992. We do not communicate


Today (2016), I can finally work in my everyday life - every day - due to online resources, PDFs, digitalized manuscripts, found on the Internet, and my extensive travelling in Europe in the 2000s, 2010's


At our common symposia, I am present for MY research, for MY life and for MY future. The University of Copenhagen has no rules on sexual relations between employees and students, not even in unwanted situations. And the University of Copenhagen does not protect its students






The Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, against Dorrit Wivel. Mentioning neither source nor name, Dorrit Wivel in 1999 copy pasted statements by Sten Ebbesen word to word (he is declared disqualified 1994). Wivel declared the statements for facts, 1999. I denied. "It is easier to copy paste, and these statements are facts, no matter the author is declared disqualified", Wivel wrote. One statement was later documented to be false, 2001): 2011-2405-7510, 2010-5151-7011 / February 17, 2011 / 2010-0681-7012, 2008-2217-701, 2007-2118-701, 2006-2287-712, 2006-2023-712, 2005-1794-712, 2004-2695-712; Danish University and Property Agency: 06-010590; Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation: 42 137; Danish Ministry of Education 2000-2726-276. An Inventory of Microfilms in the Collection of Latin Medieval Scholastic Manuscripts, Copenhagen; University of Copenhagen, Personale og Jura: 715-861-3/99 (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, b. 1967): June 25, 1999: Disciplinary Measures towards Students at the University of Copenhagen, at the request of Hannah Krogh Hansen/Sten Ebbesen 1994-99 (sic!): Hannah Krogh Hansen 1990-99, 2011 (strongly opposing our engagement and my person); Kirsten Stenbjerre 1996-99; Dorrit Wivel 1999-2016; Ulf Hedetoft 2011 (at the request of Hannah Krogh Hansen?). Faculty of Humanities: 605-0019/11-4550, 605-0017/11-4550, 605-0001/06-7710, 605-0001/06-4550, 401-221-149/97-4261 (Sten Ebbesen, b. 1946). Sten Ebbesen is declared disqualified (1994) by the Dean (John Kuhlmann Madsen). Engagement (with Sten Ebbesen): 14-3-1991 (initiative by Sten Ebbesen: 15-12-1989). Cohabitation (with Sten Ebbesen): 1991.


AKTINDSIGT: umiddelbar tilgængelighed, jf. Bernadette Preben-Hansen. ALL DOCUMENTS ARE PUBLIC


Engagement (Sten Ebbesen): 14-3-1991 (since 15-12-1989, his initiative, spontaneuos). Sten Ebbesen is declared disqualified: the Dean 1994, Rector 1999.


In 1993, Sten Ebbesen refused me working access to our scientific library: The SAXO Library, Greek and Latin, to the project: Aristotle's Rhetoric in Latin Scholasticism

In 2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me personal permission to consult the SAXO Library Greek and Latin - at the Royal Library of Copenhagen.

In 2011, the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed my library permission.

In 2015, the University of Copenhagen - finally - effectuated my library permission in practice.

However, Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access to our microfilms (2015).

Thomas Dewender and I (friends since 1993)

Bonn 2007