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. 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. Currently she works as a freelance assistant lecturer for media history and research methodology at the University of Trier. She is the editor of the KINtop newsletter for early cinemaand serves as Research Officer for the Magic Lantern Society of the UK.

Screen1900 Member Lydia Jakobs: Publications

Lydia Jakobs: Pictures of Poverty. The Works of George R. Sims and Their Screen Adaptations. KINtop Studies in Early Cinema, vol. 7. John Libbey Publishing: New Barnet (GB) 2021. 266 pp., illustrated.

Lydia Jakobs: Book Review. 'Film Bild Kunst: Visuelle Ästhetik des vorklassischen Stummfilms'.“ In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, vol. 37, no. 1 (2017), pp. 138-140.

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: Researching the Future: Current research projects into the history of the magic lantern. Magic Lantern Society Convention, Birmingham, April 2017.

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.