mapping and governing the online world


monte verità - ascona - june 16-21, 2024

submission types

The conference accepts two types of submissions: papers (traditional research papers, work-in-progress) and  working groups (focusing on particular topics, meeting several times during the conference).

a) submission procedure for papers

Researchers who would like to present a paper or project are invited to submit their paper until February 21, 2024, at (select “Regular Paper Submission” as Area). The goal of the conference is to provide feedback to in-progress research and to provide networking opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship. The conference only considers submissions which have not been published or accepted for publication at the date of submission. There is no conference proceedings or publication requirement for the conference. Concurrent submissions elsewhere are fine for this conference, and presentation at this conference should not preclude publication elsewhere. Paper styles may range from 5-10 pages (as in computer science) to 30,000 words (as in law). Feel free to use formatting and citation rules prevalent in your scientific community. Acceptance decisions will be announced in late February 2024. All accepted papers will be made available to all participants (but not beyond) on June 1, 2024. Researchers who would like to attend the conference without giving a presentation are welcome to register at starting in February 2024.

b) submission procedure for working groups

In addition to regular paper presentations, we will also host a track of dedicated workshops to discuss topics of interest to the broader community. Potential topics may include accessing and analyzing web data, building research infrastructure, overcoming disciplinary boundaries, or other topics of general interest. We invite proposals to organize a working group that focuses on a specific topic during the conference. 

Each working group will be headed by one or more scholars, who will ensure the working group accomplishes its goals during the conference. There will be two 90-minute slots during the conference for working group members to convene and discuss their topic of choice. On the last day of the conference, the working group will present its results to the plenary. Working groups are encouraged to present (at the end of the conference or shortly thereafter) a short document that summarizes the main challenges the working group decided to focus on and proposes a roadmap to address and overcome these challenges. Such document can hopefully contribute to building an interdisciplinary community on how to map and govern the online world. 

Working group submissions should outline on one page the main challenges the working group would focus on, a potential roadmap on how to address and overcome them, and ideally list a few planned key participants. If the proposal is accepted, the researcher in charge of the submission will be expected to lead the discussions in that working group. When the conference program is released, all conference participants are encouraged to join a working group during the conference. 

Researchers who would like to organize a working group are invited to submit their proposal until February 21, 2024, at (select “Working Group Submission” as Area). Acceptance decisions will be announced in late February 2024.

policymakers, policy experts and practitioners

Policymakers, policy experts and practitioners are welcome to participate in the conference. Please reach out to one of the co-organizers to discuss your potential involvement.

conference costs

The conference registration fee, which covers conference attendance and meals during the 5-day conference, is 450 Swiss Francs. Accommodation at the conference hotel is between 90 and 150 Swiss Francs per night, and the conference excursion on Wednesday afternoon is 100 Swiss Francs. To forge an interdisciplinary community on Mapping and Governing the Online World, we expect that conference participants attend the entire conference, which runs from June 16, 6pm, to June 21, 1:30pm (if you have questions about this, please contact one of the conference co-organizers in advance). The conference may provide limited financial support in case of financial hardship; more information will be provided in the submission acceptance decision.

further information

For organizational matters, please contact For research-related questions, please contact one of the co-organizers (Stefan Bechtold, Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, and Christian Peukert).