A Story About the Bureaucracy of The University of Copenhagen Faculty of Humanities 1994 to 2017

THE SAXO LIBRAY Greek and Latin University of Copenhagen


"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, 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, 9

A Story About the Bureaucracy of

The University of Copenhagen

Faculty of Humanities

1994 to 2017 (24 years)


"I et bureukrati gælder det, at den, der tænker først, har tabt" (Jan Sonnergaard). Det gælder også og måske især Københavns Universitet

Bernadette & Sten Ebbesen 1990-1991



Hannah Krogh Hansen, Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel and Hanne Møller of the University of Copenhagen have been able to create a lifetime university-case out of a private matter in a distant past (1989-1991)


15-12-1989: initiative (spontaneously, transboundary, unsolicited) by Sten Ebbesen, at the University of Copenhagen; 27-12-1989, we fell in love, in spite of the fact that I was afraid of Sten Ebbesen

1990-1991: teacher and pupil in love;

14-3-1991: engagement; 1991: cohabitation with Marie Delgado Ebbesen, b. 1972, at

Skolevej 20, DK-2820 Gentofte: 1991 (the address of Annie Aggernæs 1970-1990 - i. e. the family address since 1970), with visitng wife Annie Aggernæs


1994, in perpetuo: University of Copenhagen-case: Sten Ebbesen refused me working-access to our library and our microfilms, and - of course - to supervision and examinations; as the Director he initiated a university case against his student and mistress the University of Copenhagen 1994-1999, 2000-2017


2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me a personal library & microfilm permission: The SAXO Library, Greek and Latin – at the Royal Library of Copenhagen. My library permission was confirmed by the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (2011), but first effectuated by the University of Copenhagen - letters since 1994 and years later - (2015). Waiting time: 3-8 weeks per item (2012-2015); 1-2 weeks per item (2015-2017); microfilms (2012): 3-5-12 months per item. Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me access to microfilms, 2015, since 1993 (Hanne Møller, 2015): Aristotle's Rhetoric in Latin Scholasticism and every other project 1993 - in perpetuo. This is the permanent working situation for me in my everyday life in Copenhagen, 2000's and 2010's


1993-2017: a permanent case against the undergraduate student (candidate 1994, Ph.D. student at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 1999-2002, "undercover student" 2004-2017) at the University of Copenhagen




They seek her here, they seek her there

Those female bureaucrats of the Faculty of Humanities (University of Copenhagen) seek her everywhere:

'They' are Hannah Krogh Hansen, Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel (P&J), Hanne Møller. 'She' is me



Do these women know what research is?

Where is she? Is she at South Campus? Is she at the Royal Library? Or is she at home? That demmed elusive female student/ candidate/ PhD fellow/ dr. in spe. She meddles with research at our Faculty; popping in and out each week - almost every day




“Books? Why do you need access to books? You are an MA” (Margit Laurberg). Simply stay home in bed, with all your interference. “I am an MA, yes in 1994, but I just began my life in research: magisterkonferens, PhD, dr.phil. - a PhD student (with an Ubbo Emmius fellowship in Nederland 1999 to 2001). I need access to books and microfilms. I need to work, I need to work, to work, to work, to work. I need to work, I need to work, to work, to work, to work - every day. I need access to books, periodicals and microfilms - in my everyday life every day 24/7”


1994 to 2017

It took the Faculty of Humanities, twenty-three years - 1994 (1999, 2004, 2011) to 2017 - to give me a functioning restricted access to our SAXO Library, Greek and Latin. Professor Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me access to microfilms (Hanne Møller, 2015)




Kirsten Stenbjerre did not understand the ambitions and the intellectual capacity of the younger female generations. She did not know, that research training is not a vocational education and does not count in the civil society in Denmark



MY DIARY 1990-2017

16-3-2011 (David Bloch: "De gamle vidensamfund - og vores"); 14-9-2011 (Sten Ebbesen: "Den Aristoteliske tradition"); 9-3-2017 (KUA2's forhal: jagten ved den grå HK'er og Hanne Møller, HR- og personalechef)



LITERATURE (Hannah Krogh Hansen)

Holberg, Melampe, 1725

And it is quite true

24-3-2017: answer, the Parliamentary Ombudsmand in Denmark

16-3-2017: my letter to the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark

16-3-2017: my answer to Hanne Møller HR- og personalechef, Faculty of Humanities

15-3-2017: motiveret ansøgning til KU

14-9-2011: my answer to Hanne Møller HR- og personalechef, Faculty of Humanities

17-2-2011: letter from the Parliamentary Ombudsmand in Denmark (the Sten Ebbesen-case)




Hanne Møller, HR- og personalechef, Faculty of Humanities:

21-3-2011, 15-9-2011, 14-11-2011, 12-12-2013, 29-4-2015, 10-3-2017, 15-3-2017, 20-3-2017x2, 27-4-2017


However, it must be said, that Hanne Møller is the more intelligent of these female bureaucrats (Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel) of the University of Copenhagen. She secured and - finally - effectuated my library permission (2004) in practice (2011, 2012, 2015)





Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, b. 1967, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999): 2011-2405-7510, 2010-5151-7011 / February 17, 2011 (my library-permission confirmed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark)/ 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 (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999). University of Copenhagen, Personale og Jura: 715-861-3/99 (Dorrit Wivel). 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)




The Bureaucracy of the University of Copenhagen involved the following persons (documentation by personal signature, official letters and/or e-mail):


David Bloch, Ivan Boserup (The Royal Library), Karsten Christensen, Tine Damsholt, Karl-Erik Frandsen, †Karsten Friis-Jensen, Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, Ulf Hedetoft, Ralf Hemmingsen, Anders Holm Rasmussen, Carsten Jahnke, Ulla Kjær (Uddannelsesstyrelsen), John Kuhlmann Madsen, Karl Christian Lammers, Margit Laurberg, Rauf Malik (Universitetsstyrelsen), †Jørgen Mejer, Hans Mikkelsen (Copenhagen University Library: A Division of the Royal Library), Hanne Møller, Kjeld Møllgård, Linda Nielsen, Lauge Olaf Nielsen, Kirsten Refsing, Inga Roepstorff, †Jørgen Raasted, †Fritz Saaby Pedersen, Kirsten Stenbjerre, Jørgen Steen Sørensen, Mette Thunø, Dorrit Wivel; more persons of the Danish Ministries and of the Parliamentary Ombudsmand (Mette Kildegaard Hansen 2017); more librarians at the Royal Library of Copenhagen (Interlibrary Loans); more female office clerks at the Faculty of Humanities; several guest researchers (Russell Friedman, with documentation) and more unknown students of our Institute of Greek and Latin, were involved by Hannah Krogh Hansen, the Department secretary: "There are five hens" now ran the tale (Hannah Krogh Hansen). To some extent Heine Hansen and Jakob Leth Fink have been involved in the 2010s (around 50-60 persons were directly involved). An engagement (14-3-1991) is a private matter, I thought - but no, it is not - at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities



In Europe: †Thomas Dewender, Onno Kneepkens, John Marenbon, Olaf Pluta, Hans Thijssen, and many more ...







update: 15-6-2017