‘We are Europe! Don’t ask what Europe can do for you but ask what you can do for Europe – by Doing Europe!’

The European manifesto by sociologist Ulrich Beck and politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit in 2012


‘We are Europe! Don’t ask what Europe can do for you but ask what you can do for Europe – by Doing Europe!’

The European manifesto by sociologist Ulrich Beck and politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit in 2012



Doing Europe – Cohesion and Integration in the European Union (DoEU) is the Jean Monnet Module hosted at the University of Siegen, Germany

 ‘We are Europe! Don’t ask what Europe can do for you but ask what you can do for Europe – by Doing Europe!’ states the European manifesto initiated by sociologist Ulrich Beck and politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit in 2012. This redirects us to the founding stones of the EU which are cohesion and integration. The project DoEU focuses on recent developments in Europe and aims at answering the following questions: How to keep European citizens convinced by, engaged with, and dedicated to the project of united Europe? How to foster the EU cohesion in times of growing political nationalism? How to mainstream integration in times of Brexit or the yellow vests movement? How to mitigate threats arising through the geopolitical clashes, as for instance current dispute with Russia resulting in the ongoing hybrid war in Ukraine?

Defined as the process of composing a united whole, cohesion is supposed to serve as a synonym for Union. Political inconsistencies, economic and social disparities destabilize and weaken the EU. Once clustered, these issues can undermine its existence. Brexit or the yellow vests movement are extreme examples of such risks, but not the only ones. Additionally, to the North-South divide, there is an increasing East-West gap in Europe. In the light of this, cohesion is paramount for the future of the EU and its neighborhood. This should be mainstreamed into the work of every EU institution as well as the idea of Doing Europe or Europe of citizens should be promoted and supported at all levels, especially through academic scholarship and civil engagement. By the extensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as well as Open Educational Resources this project challenges East-West divide by facilitating an academic dialogue on European integration and cohesion at the University of Siegen in Germany and Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine, a priority partner within the Eastern Partnership.

Jean Monnet Academic Modules Call for proposal – EAC-A03-2018


Our current team is composed of Tetiana Havlin, Valentyna Bohatyrets and Stefan Kurtzner

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kutzner

Stefan Kutzner is sociology professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Siegen, focusing on social policies, welfare state, social structure analysis, employment, poverty and social inequality. Additionally, he is a frequent research fellow and guest lecturer at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where he was previously employed for more than 16 years.

Currently his research and writing are dedicated to youth unemployment in the EU, marriage migration from Turkey to Germany and comparative analysis of social policies in the European Union. Currently he is engaged in the national project dedicated to the youth transition to the labor market. He is a member of the editorial board of Social Sense (Sozialer Sinn). He has authored books Losers of Professional Training: Case Studies of Isolated Youth in the Process of Transition from Training to Labor Market (2018), Poverty despite of Work (2009), Working poor in Switzerland (2004).

After studying sociology with political science and philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt, he received his PhD (1996) and postdoctoral (2004) degrees from the same university.


Dr. Valentyna Bohatyrets

Valentyna Bohatyrets is researcher and lecturer, Deputy Head of Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Translation Studies at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine.

Her specialization lies in political and translation studies, including policy of multiculturalism, ethnic and political management, digital and cultural diplomacy. Additionally, she works as an Associate Professor at Regional Centre for Re-training of Employees of Public Authorities, Officials of Civil Service and Local Government.

Currently her research and writing are devoted to EU integration, branding and cultural diplomacy, and cross-border cooperation. She is an author to a number of peer-reviewed articles dedicated to the issues of cultural and digital diplomacy, national branding and security: Ukrainian Institute as a strategic narrative of Ukraine’s positive image making (2018), Cultural Diplomacy as a vital tool of building international bridges and interactions (2017), Tolerance as the core-concept of the national reconciliation (2017).

Currently she is the member of the editorial board of the Journal of Historical and Political Issues of Contemporary World, Ukraine-Romania-Moldova: Historical, Political, and Cultural Relations in the Context of Modern European Processes, Modern Historical and Political Issues.

She obtained her MA degree in English Studies with distinction and her PhD in Political Science from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.

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Dr. Tetiana Havlin

Tetiana Havlin is sociologist, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the University of Siegen with a focus on European sociology, social structure analysis, social inequalities and sociology of migration.

Currently her research and writing are devoted to migration and integration in the EU, protest and social movements. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles dedicated to migration developments in the EU as well as European protest movements: Society on the Move – Research-based Teaching in the Field of Sociology of Migration (2019), Shift in Social Orders – Shift in Gender Roles? Migration Experience and Gender Roles (2015), Myths and Values of the European Union in Ukraine (2015). Currently I am co-editing a special issue on Family and the Media for The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics.

She has built her international academic network though membership in EUROSCI Network, by participating at the International summer schools at University of A Coruna in Spain and in the multiple international conferences across Europe, by teaching at different European and American universities, e.g. University of Iasi, Romanian, University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and University of Düsseldorf, Germany. Her teaching record of the last 10 years includes over 100 teaching hours.

She obtained BA and MA degrees with excellence from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University and PhD degree from Karazin Kharkov National University in Ukraine.