Screen1900 Member: Lydia Jakobs

Lydia Jakobs studied English Literature, Media Studies and Spanish Literature at the University of Trier and Hamline University, St. Paul, USA. She received a master of arts (Magistra Artium) from the University of Trier with her thesis on ‘George R. Sims's Victorian Poverty Ballads and the Art of Projection’.  Her doctoral thesis explores the works of Victorian author George R. Sims and their adaptations in visual media of the 19th and early 20th century. Since 2013, she is the editor of the KINtop newsletter. Currently she serves as Research Officer for the Magic Lantern Society of the UK and research assistant for the Screen 1900 research project "The Fundamentals of Digitalisation of Works in the Historical Art of Projection" at the University of Trier.

Screen1900 Member Lydia Jakobs: Publications

Lydia Jakobs: Poverty as Spectacle? Victorian Magic Lantern Shows and the Urban Poor. In: Phillip Drummond (ed): The London Film and Media Reader 3: Sixty Essays from FILM AND MEDIA 2013, The Third Annual London Film and Media Conference.The London Symposium. London 2015, pp. 432-442.

Lydia Jakobs: Christmas Day in the Workhouse: From Ballad to Film via the Magic Lantern. In: The New Magic Lantern Journal, vol. 11, no. 10 (September 2014), pp. 7-9.

Lydia Jakobs: Rekonstruktion(en) eines historischen Massenmediums: Ansätze zur Erforschung der Laterna magica. In: Thomas Nachreiner, Peter Podrez (eds): Fest|Stellungen. Dokumentation des 25. Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftlichen Kolloquiums Marburg. Schüren: Marburg 2014, pp. 323-331.

Lydia Jakobs: Conference Report Screen Culture and the Social Question: Poverty on Screen 1880-1914. In: GHIL Bulletin, vol. 34, no. 1 (2012), pp. 191-196.

Lydia Jakobs: George R. Sims’ viktorianische Armutsballaden im Medium der Projektionskunst. Magister thesis. University of Trier 2011.


Lydia Jakobs: Authentifizierungsstrategien von Armutsdarstellungen. Early Cinema Colloquium. University of Trier, October 2014.

Lydia Jakobs, Ludwig Vogl-Bienek: Leuchtende Bilder, Erzählungen und Musik: Live-Aufführungen im Dispositiv der Projektionskunst des 19. Jahrhunderts. Symposium Film als Aufführungskunst - die frühe Film- und Kinogeschichte: Europa und Japan im Vergleich. University of Bonn, November 2013.

Lydia Jakobs: Easy to use? Historical newspapers as resources for media research. Early Cinema Colloquium. University of Zurich, November 2013.

Lydia Jakobs: Picturing poverty: George R. Sims and the magic lantern. Magic Lantern Society Convention. Birmingham, October 2013.

Lydia Jakobs: Poverty as Spectacle? Victorian Magic Lantern Shows and the Urban Poor. FILM AND MEDIA 3: The Pleasures of the Spectacle. London, June 2013.

Lydia Jakobs: Die sprachliche Kolonialisierung der Londoner Slums: George R. Sims's How the Poor Live und seine Armutsballaden. Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies. University of Trier, June 2012.

Lydia Jakobs: The magic lantern as a mass medium? A tentative overview of producers, users, and organisations in turn of the century England. Early Cinema Colloquium. University of Zurich, March 2012

Lydia Jakobs: Die Laterna magica als Massenmedium des 19. Jahrhunderts? Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloquium. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, March 2012.