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Web Studies 4

4th International Conference on Web Studies

October 30 - 31, 2023
Mexico City, Mexico


Screens: Moving, Displaying, and Disrupting the Web

WS.4 calls for contrubutions that interrogate the manners in which the web relates to screens, physical supports, and ambient/context media.

Computer screens have been ubiquitous for some time. They are present at home, at school, at the office, at the library, in the transportation, and everywhere in the city. Moreover, almost all of us carry at least one screen in our pockets (phones, watches, ebook readers, game consoles). Screens display information, but they are also interactive. We can touch and speak to them, so we know more about what we are looking for. Screens are also ephemeral. They are digital images that are refreshed on time. We change their appearance, we rewrite their content, and eventually we turn them off.

The basic units of screens are screen pixels, small rectangular regions that are filled with colors. They present data, small units of information that represent physical states of the world. How are screens interrelated? How do they communicate? Can we talk about a network of screens? Is the content of these screens part of the Web? What is the value of screen recording and screenshots for preservation and rhetoric goals?

About Web Studies

The international conference on Web Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed scientific gathering that investigates the World Wide Web as an object of inquiry. It conceives the Web as an expansive entity: an extended space that reaches every domain of life. Seen from different perspectives and disciplines, the components of the Web can be seized as data structures, algorithmic processes, visual surface, cultural uses, or artistic expressions.

Previous editions

Web Studies was initiated in 2010 and it was organized at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Toluca, Mexico, with the support of Eastgate Systems, Taylor and Francis, and Paragraphe Lab at Université Paris 8.

In 2018, the second edition, WS.2, took place in Paris, at MSH Paris Nord, in cooperation with ACM SIGWEB, with the support of Fench institutions CNAM, COMUE UPL, and Université Paris 8.

In 2020, the third edition, WS.3, was co-organized with Université de la Manouba, Tunisia, and took place online. This edition was in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB, with the support of Chair UNESCO ITEN and the Paragraphe Lab at Université Paris 8.

Current edition

The fourth edition will take place at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México, in Mexico City, in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB, with the support of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Université Paris 8.


Themes & Topics

The 4th edition of Web Studies (WS.4) identifies topics in two categories:

Tools and materials

Data Science on the Web
Data Visualization for the Web
Automatic Web Generation
Green Web
Machine/Deep Learning
Mobile Web
Software Applications for the Web
Web-based Programming Paradigms
Web-oriented Programming Languages
Web as Platform
Algorithms for the Web
APIs and Web Services
Web Protocols

Uses and practices

Computational Creativity
Aesthetics of Web
Deep Web
Critical and Radical Web
Cultural Analytics
Online Digital Humanities
Political Web
Social Web
Semiotics of Web and Interfaces
Web Design
Visual and Graphical Web
Web, biology and natural sciences
Legal and Ethical issues in Web Studies

These topics are not exhaustive and can also be interrelated.


Submission & Review Process

WS.4 calls for contrubutions that interrogate the manners in which the web relates to screens, physical supports, and ambient/context media.

Submission Types

  • Long Papers: typically articles from 4 to 6 pages (or 3500 words), including references.
  • Short Papers: typically articles from 2 to 3 pages (or 2500 words), including references.
  • Posters: one-page paper (or 500 words).
  • Demos: one-page paper (or 500 words).
  • Panels: one to two page paper with the abstract of each intervention (or 500-1000 words).
  • Online Exhibition: one-page paper (or 500 words).

Submission Format

Important: At this first step you are required to submit as anonymous author for peer-reviewing. That is, leave in blank the Author and Affiliation text of the template. If your proposal is accepted, you will then prepare a final version with your full name and contact details. All submissions that do not respect this line will be discarded from the review process.

Please follow our proposal template in DOC format to prepare your proposal.

Submission System

Please send your proposals via Easychair:

Review Process

All submissions will follow a blind peer-review process. At least two different members of the scientific committee will review each paper. The selection criteria is based on originality, accordance to the theme and topics, scientific/technical contribution, and clarity of presentation.

Authors will receive notification of acceptance on June 16, 2023. If your paper is accepted you will be solicited to prepare the camera-ready version for its publication. The camera-ready papers shall be sent no later than July 28, 2023.

Upon acceptance, at least one of the authors is required to register and present the paper at the conference.

Publication of papers

Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference.

The proceedings will be published as a special issue of International Journal of Design, Sciences & Technology (IJDST, ISSN 1630-7267,, an open access journal empowered in France by the CNU 71e and the HCERES in SIC since 2016.

The authors of accepted papers will be guided through the publication process.

Conference Proceedings Series

Emerging Uses of the Web in Multicultural Contexts
3rd edition of the international conference on Web Studies
Co-edited by Everardo Reyes, Mark Bernstein & Giancarlo Ruffo, 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-4503-8885-6
Available at: ACM Digital Library

Seeing Through the Web: tools, practices, and impacts.
2nd edition of the international conference on Web Studies.
Co-edited by Everardo Reyes, Mark Bernstein, Giancarlo Ruffo, & Imad Saleh.
ISBN 978-1-4503-6438-6/18/10.
Available at: ACM Digital Library

Web Studies.
1st edition of the international conference on Web Studies.
Co-edited by Everardo Reyes & Imad Saleh.
Published by Europia Pd.
Available at: HAL Open Science


Important Dates for Authors

  • Paper Submission: April 28 May 14, 2023 ( extended date )
  • Notification to authors: June 16, 2023
  • Camera-ready papers due : July 28, 2023
  • Early registration for authors: September 28, 2020
  • Late registration for authors: October 20, 2020
  • Congress: 30 - 31 October, 2023


General Chairs

  • Everardo Reyes (Université Paris 8, FR)
  • Mark Bernstein (Eastgate Systems, USA)
  • Giancarlo Ruffo (Università del Piemonte Orientale, IT)
  • Imad Saleh (Université Paris 8, FR)

Organizing Committee

  • Carlos Isaac González (ITESM/UNAM, MX)
  • Wendy Aguilar (IIMAS, UNAM, MX)
  • Marina Kriscautzky (DGTIC, UNAM, MX)
  • Glenn Miller (ITESM, MX)
  • Roberto Cabezas (ITESM, MX)

Scientific Committee

  • Wendy Aguilar (UNAM - IIMAS, Mexico)
  • Kristian Bankov (New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria)
  • David Bihanic (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
  • Mayra Barrera (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • Inma Berlanga (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain)
  • Julia Bonaccorsi (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)
  • Andrés Burbano (UOC Open University of Catalonia, Spain)
  • Roberto Cabezas (Centro Mexico)
  • Natalia Calderón (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)
  • George Caridakis (University of Aegean, Greece)
  • Dana Diminescu (Télécom ParisTech, France)
  • Johanna Drucker (University of California Los Angeles, USA)
  • Federica Frabetti (University of Roehampton London, UK)
  • Carlos Isaac González (ITESM/UNAM, Mexico)
  • Rolando González (Runente, Mexico)
  • Jacques Ibanez-Bueno (Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, France)
  • Inés Laitano (Université Paris 8, France)
  • Sarah Labelle (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III, France)

  • Horacio Larreguy (ITAM, Mexico)
  • Nohemí Lugo (Tecnológico de Monterrey - Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Cristina Marras (CNR-ILIESI, Italy)
  • Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA)
  • Anh Tuấn Nguyễn (HUFLIT University, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam)
  • Louis-Claude Paquin (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
  • Santiago Ortiz (Moebio Labs, USA)
  • Jussi Parikka (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Piero Polidoro (LUMSA University, Italy)
  • Vincent Puig (IRI Centre Pompidou, France)
  • Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Isaac Rudomin (UAM Cuajimalpa, Mexico)
  • Laura Shackelford (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Marta Severo (Université Paris Nanterre, France)
  • Ysabel Tamayo (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
  • Alise Tifentale (City University of New York, USA)
  • Matteo Treleani (Université Côte d’Azur, France)
  • José Luis Vera (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Mexico)

Venue & Registration

WS.4 will take place at Technology Development Center (CEDETEC) at Tecnológico de Monterrey - Campus Ciudad de México, Mexico City.

Calle del Puente #222 Col. Ejidos de Huipulco, Tlalpan, 14380, CDMX, Mexico.

Another place where activities will take place is the WS.4 Hub. A dedicated electronic space to gather on site and from different locations.

Local organizers are working on providing a list of suggested hotels and neighborhoods to stay (Coyoacan, San Ángel, Pedregal, Insurgentes Sur), but they will not take in charge occupation expenses of attendees and speakers.

A social and cultural program will be proposed to attendees that register to the congress. In any case, please take into account that occupation may vary or increase due to national holidays dedicated to Día de los Muertos (November 1-2).


WS.4 will be free to attend for general and interested public, thanks to the kind support of Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México.

Additionally, we have obtained funds that allow WS.4 to be free of registration charge for speakers.

The registration process is however mandatory in order to publish and present the paper. Registration includes access to the conferences, lunches, coffee breaks, and publication in the proceedings.

Registration does not include remuneration, transportation, social activities, accomodation, or meals outside of those offered by the congress.

The registration system will be opened in September 2023. Expect online platforms such as Eventbrite or Weezevent.



Section dedicated to the program

  • Day 01

    October 30, 2023

  • Day 02

    October 31, 2023

  • Day 03

    November 1, 2023

Keynote Speakers

Gene Kogan (NYU, USA)

Artist and programmer exploring autonomous systems, collective intelligence, generative art, and computer science.

Ricardo Celis (Plazi, USA)

Computer Science Faculty Manager at Plazi. Online education specialist, with focus on teaching software engineering and computer science.

Manuel Lima (USA)

Founder of, Senior UX Manager at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design


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4th International Conference on Web Studies

WS.4 calls for contrubutions that interrogate the manners in which the web relates to screens, physical supports, and ambient/context media.

Dates and venue

October 30-31, 2023
Mexico City, Mexico