CV

Bethany Rose Lamont

Education | Academic Positions | Editorial Work | Media Projects |
Curatorial Work | Charity Sector | Exhibitions |
Panels, Public Speaking and Outreach | Papers Presented |
Selected Essays and Articles | Selected Interviews and Roundtables |

 


Education
2015-2019, ‘Post Traumatic Web Disorder’:  Navigating the Relationship Between Humorous Representations of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Digital Spaces, awarded under an AHRC TECHNE Scholarship, supervised by Professor Roger Sabin and Dr. Caterina Albano, Central Saint Martins, passed with minor corrections in January 2019, doctorate awarded April 2019
2013-2014, Mst. History of Art and Visual Culture, Oxford University
2009-2012, BA (Hons) Criticism, Communication and Curation: Art and Design; Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, London (First)

Academic Positions
 
January 2022-present
Media Communications Lecturer, Bath Spa University
 
Currently serving as module leader for Writing For The Media (Level 4), Media Ethics (Level 5) and Exhibitions and Public Audiences (Level 6). I have previously served as Module Leader for TV and Screen Studies (Level 4), Music, Media and Markets (Level 5) and Popular Music Journalism (Level 6) for the BSU Media Communication undergraduate course for the academic year of 2021-2022. Teaching responsibilities have included: conducting blended learning through both in person and online lectures and seminars via Minerva, developing course materials in accordance to students’ feedback and interests, collating module materials on Minerva, utilising the Turnitin system to mark assessments and provide detailed feedback, internally moderating other Media Communication modules, conducting tutorials both online and in person, and participating in weekly online team meetings with the Media Communications team.
 
Additional responsibilities have included guest lecturing within the BSU Graphic Design department, assisting in offer holder and student outreach days, co-editing an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Creative Media on the theme of nostalgia and digital media, conducting research for an upcoming BSU Ethical Marketing short course and assisting in curriculum development and course partnerships for the new Media Communication degree.
 
November 2015-March 2021
Visiting Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, London
I served as a visiting lecturer on three undergraduate interdisciplinary modules: ‘Censorship’ (first year students), ‘Curation’ (first year students) and ‘Pop Culture and the Fantastic’ (second and third year students) and one Mst. module, ‘Digital Humanities’ over the course of my four years as a PhD student, and have since returned to this role within undergraduate lecturing. Here I have developed custom one-to-two-hour lectures, class discussions and accompanying reading lists on the theme of visual culture, digital media, journalism and art history, this is all achieved in close partnership with Central Saint Martin’s course leaders.
 
October 2012-July 2013
Junior Fellow of Visual Culture, University of the West of England, Bristol

As a Junior Fellow I was responsible for the day to day administration of the cross-disciplinary undergraduate course of Visual Culture. Here I managed student attendance, course hand ins, online resources and UWE’s virtual learning environment Blackboard. This was all undertaken under the close supervision of the course leaders, and frequent discussions were held in order to tailor the management of the course to student’s own specific needs. I also supported the students in person via first year group tutorials, one to one drop-in sessions and class presentations, providing course feedback, dissertation support and reading and research recommendations. 
 
 
Teaching Qualifications-

2016, Developing Academic Practice, Central Saint Martins (module in Academic Practice Mst.)
2022-2024, PGHE, Bath Spa University [in progress]
 
Mentoring, Youth Work and Secondary Education
 
 
January 2022-April 2022
Performance Coach, City of Bristol College

Providing one to one and small group mentoring and workshops for further education students in the field of employment skills, motivation, productivity and study skills for students identified as off track in their learning. This was achieved in partnership with study coaches, course leaders and the college’s safeguarding team, and was conducted with a particular focus on students identified as off track in their learning due to neurodiversity, EAL status, chronic illness and mental health struggles. Responsibilities included: developing workshop presentations, resources and workshop materials in partnership with the wider Performance Coach team, setting SMART goals with students, facilitating and mediating mental health access outside of school, liaising with lecturers to ensure differentiated learning is consistently provided, and managing accessible logs of sessions.
 
September 2021-December 2021
 
Learning Mentor, King’s Oak Academy
Providing mentorship, tuition and pastoral and academic support for Key Stage Three and Four students, in partnership with the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Family Liaison Lead, Heads of Year and SENCO, with a focus on students struggling to access learning due to neurodiversity, physical disability and mental health struggles, with a focus on EHCP and pupil premium students. Responsibilities also include: facilitating and mediating mental health access outside of school, liaising with classroom teachers to ensure differentiated learning is consistently provided, managing detailed logs of sessions, facilitating post-16 options and work experience placements and identifying and referring students in need of support in order to set up study groups.
 
January 2021-July 2021
Secondary English Academic Mentor Placement, Teach First
I provided weekly, or twice weekly, literacy and mentoring sessions for Key Stage Three and Four students, with subjects ranging from foundation level phonics, Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc programme, targeted SPAG and narrative writing development and GCSE tutoring for students who struggle with whole classroom learning. Students worked with were primarily of neurodiverse (ADHD, autism and dyslexia) and EAL experience, and materials were developed in accordance with these needs. Whilst as a Teach First Mentor, I also attended monthly training sessions for professional development on topics pertaining to accessible literacy education, attended a two week training programme on pedagogy and secondary English, and met regularly with a Teach First mentor to monitor my own development.
 
June 2020-October 2020
Secondary English Placement, Teach First
Working under Teach First’s programme, I first completed a five week teacher training course from June to July in partnership with Bath Spa University, before spending the autumn term (September-October) teaching English full time at a Wiltshire secondary school, to students in Key Stages Three and Four in years 7, 8, 9 and 11. Here I was particularly proud of my work creating differentiated creative writing teaching resources which were used throughout the English department, and raising the achievement level for underperforming year 11 boys in my set 3 GCSE English class from an ‘Emerging’ (lowest grade), to a ‘Secure’ (second highest grade). My next placement commences in the new year, working as an Academic Mentor for English in a North Bristol Academy.
 
March 2020-July 2021
Tutor, Bristol Tutors
Providing one on one tutorials, ranging from one to three hours in length, from Key Stage three up to undergraduate level. Tutorial subjects include GCSE English Literature revision, critical theory teaching and academic writing and study skills.
 
January 2020-present
Positive Activities Youth Worker, Creative Youth Network, Bristol
Supervising and supporting creative activities and events at Creative Youth Network’s South Gloucestershire youth clubs, with a keen focus on pastoral care and child and young person safe guarding.
 

November 2015 – March 2019

 

October 2016 – January 2017

Tutor, The Brilliant Club

As a tutor for the education access charity, The Brilliant Club, I created a custom university style course on cultural studies and critical theory, comprised of five tutorials, homework assignments and a final essay assessment, given to two classes of six secondary school students in years eight and nine from a non-selective comprehensive school in an underperforming area. The course served as an introduction to media and screen studies, introducing subjects such as psychoanalysis which the students would not have been previously familiar with. The unique course was developed in partnership with the course teacher of Broadoak school and the Brilliant Club’s regional manager.


Editorial Work
 

May 2014 – March 2020

Editor in Chief, Doll Hospital Journal

I served as the editor in chief of Doll Hospital Journal, an art and literature print journal on the topic of mental health that I founded in 2014 as a student at Oxford University. Responsibilities have included appointing an editorial team, accountant, proof readers, social media team and a staff of writers and illustrators, reviewing and editing submissions, organising and managing deadlines for editorial content, raising income via crowdfunding, conducting interviews and roundtables, writing essays and each issue’s editor’s letter.

For each issue I collaborated with Doll Hospital’s graphic designer Maggie Webster to art direct the journal, creating custom spreads for each and every article. I am also responsible for undertaking interviews with internationally recognised publication such as Vice, Dazed and i-d, travelling across the country to give talks to promote and amplify the work of Doll Hospital, connecting with associated mental health charities and centres, both locally and internationally, to encourage cross-collaboration, and connecting with museums and galleries, both locally and internationally, in order to exhibit and archive the journal anthologies. I also co-run Doll Hospital’s Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, promoting mental health education and community engagement.

Copies of Doll Hospital Journal are held in the Interference Archives, NYC, The Wellcome Collection, London, UK and Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol, UK.


Media Projects

July 2015 – present

Co-creator, Sad Girl Cinema

As co-producer of Sad Girl Cinema, a feature length documentary on mental health representations in screen culture, set for release in 2021, I work in collaboration with the artist Claire Biddles, the film editor Jen Sykes and the designer Maggie Webster. I have co-written and co-edited the script, which evaluates and investigates reoccurring mental health tropes in screen culture, closely researching hundreds of popular television and films in the American popular culture canon in the process. To expand outreach and embrace the multiplicity of audience engagement I commissioned three first person perspective chapters on mental health screen representation, editing and developing each script in collaboration with the author in question. Other responsibilities include managing the documentary’s social media presence on Twitter and Tumblr and undertaking interviews, screenings and events to promote the project.


Curatorial Work

February 2015 – July 2015

Archivist and Social Media Assistant, Glenside Hospital Museum

Within Glenside Hospital Museum my responsibilities included: conducting and transcribing interviews, editing publications and writing blog posts, developing, organising and maintaining the library, assisting with the September 2015 Open Doors shows, creating and maintaining an online digital image archive of the mental health resources and historical sources available at the library, curating online content via tumblr and Pinterest and fostering connections with neighbouring museums.

November 2010- May 2012

Archivist, Oral History Department, The British Library, London

As an archivist I managed the long form meta data archives of the British Library’s vast oral history collection. I independently worked on an archival project on Monica Pidgeon, the first woman editor of ‘Architectural Design’, providing a key contribution to the women’s history of architecture in oral history. Another important achievement was undertaking a six-month project cataloguing and summarising the complete works of BBC radio producer Judith Bumpus, featuring exclusive recordings of writers and artists such as Lucian Freud and Aldous Huxley.
I was also responsible for maintaining the accuracy of archival resources via independent research and writing blog posts and articles to encourage visitors to access the British Library’s Oral History archives.


Charity Sector

July 2014 – August 2014

Events Assistant, Unchosen, Eastville Bristol

Working as an events assistant at Unchosen, a British charity that seeks to educate the British public on modern slavery through short film, I designed and developed promotional material, story boards, infographics and information packs for the charity. I was also responsible for liaising with press, media companies, film festivals and associated charities and assisting with funding grant applications and film festival submissions.


Exhibitions
  • June 2012, ‘Don’t Take Me Too Lightly!’ Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, U.K (artist and co-curator)
  • July 2012, ‘Rookie, Urban Outfitters and The Ardorous Presents: Strange Magic’ Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (artist)
  • September 2012, solo show, ‘Ancient Child: Bethany Lamont’, Philadelphia Street Gallery, Bristol
  • February 2013, ‘Girls Get Busy: In Colour!’, @rt b@aby g@llery, 16th Feb-16th March, 2013 (artist)
  • April 2015, ‘Hidden Visions’, Chelsea Gallery, London (artist)
  • September 2015, ‘Glenside Hospital Museum: Open Doors Show’ (artist)
  • September 2016, ‘We Are What We Archive’, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NYC (artist)
  • October 2016, ‘Visual Activism’, NEFELE festival, Bouzianis Museum, Athens, Greece (artist)
  • August 2017, ‘Sick! Living with Invisible Illness’ Sun Pier House, Kent, UK

Invited Presentations-

November 2014, ‘Women and Mental Health Panel’, Feminism in Theory and Action, Wadham College, Oxford University

August 2016, ‘Beyond the Bell Jar: A Mental Health Writing Workshop’, Bombay Literary Review World Tour, Waterstones, Cheltenham

December 2016, ‘Doll Hospital Journal: An Introduction’, Mentality, Off the Record, Bristol

January 2017, ‘Is Mental Health Political? A Panel Discussion’, London College of Fashion

April 2017, ‘Typography and Trauma: Conversations on Doll Hospital Journal’, Writefest 2017, Texas, USA (via Skype)

September 2017, ‘Sad Girl Cinema: Screening, panel discussion and q +a’, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow

July 2019, ‘Sad Girl Cinema: Screening, panel discussion and q +a’, Matchbox Cineclub, BFI Film Feels Season, Glasgow

February 2020, ‘Arab Blues: Screening and Introduction’, Dardishi Festival, Glasgow


Papers Presented-
 

November 2015, ‘Transferring Trauma: Understanding Internet Monsters in American Culture’, Cine-Excess Conference, Brighton University

June 2016, ‘How has the digital landscape shifted our attitudes towards childhood sexual abuse survivors?’ Writing, Gender and Self Conference, Bath Spa University

November 2016, ‘Misogyny and Memory: How has the figure of the survivor become ‘gendered’ in digital spaces?’ Cardiff University


Selected Essays and Articles
 
May 2012, ‘Curating Childhood’, Cura Magazine
May 2014, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanours’, Rookie Mag
December 2014, ‘Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body’, Unknown Quantities Journal
February 2015, ‘Suicide in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’, Doll Hospital Issue One
April 2015,‘Outsider/Insider’, The Hair Pin
December 2015, ‘Charlie the Survivor’, Doll Hospital Issue Two
August 2016, ‘Psychosis or High Self Esteem?’ Doll Hospital Journal Issue Three
August 2016, ‘I can’t get no satisfaction: Sexual Frustration + Pop Music’, Fuck What You Love Issue One
February 2017, ‘Follicle’, Doll Hospital Journal Issue Four
February 2017, ‘She Devil’: On the Demonization of Sexual Abuse Survivors’, Doll Hospital Journal Issue Four
May 2017, ‘Come with me let’s die anywhere else: Suburbia, Searching and Not Getting Out’, We Can Be Heroes Zine
October 2017, ‘Women in Body Horror’, Token: Issue Two
March 2018, Dead Like Kurt, Doll Hospital Journal Issue 5
July 2018, How to Look After Your Mental Health in the Summer, i-D
August 2018, Friday Playlist: Demos, Rookie Magazine
November 2018, ‘Traumatic Comedy and Comic Trauma’, Rookie Magazine
August 2019, ‘The Memetic Molester: Creating and Characterising the Child Sex Abuser Through Digital Humour and Transgressive Media through a Close Reading Analysis of Pedobear’, First Monday (10,000 words) 
July 2020, ‘Uncertain Abuse and Insider Credentials: Examining ambiguous cultural representations of childhood sexual abuse in the 2005 British comedy series Nathan Barley’, Discourses of anxiety- volume ii, Palgrave Macmillan
December 2020, Traumatic Nostalgia and Nostalgic Trauma: Consuming and Abusing Cultures of Childhood on Screen, Blind Field Journal
April 2021, Can We Approach the Subject of Child Sexual Abuse Ethically in Academia? Towards a Queer Ethics of CSA Analysis, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
October 2021, Amusing Abusers and Humourless Survivors: Analysing the Role of Comedy in Media Representations of Sexual Violence, Galactica Media
June 2022, From raped childhood to ruined childhood: Developing an aesthetic of childhood trauma in digital culture from 2001 to 2018, First Monday

Selected Interviews and Roundtables
June 2010, ‘Operation Beautiful: Interview’, Snippets Magazine
September 2010, ‘Awkward Family Photos: Interview’, Snippets Magazine
August 2010, ‘In Conversation with Ornella Sabiene’, Venue Magazine
August 2010, ‘In Conversation with Avril Baker’, Venue Magazine
September 2011, ‘An Interview with the artist Susan Johanknecht’, National Student Newspaper
November 2013, ‘A Curious Fancy: In conversation with Ragini Nag Rao’, The Isis
February 2014, ‘For Books’ Sake Talks to: Janet Mock’, For Books’ Sake
February 2014,‘Redefining Realness: Writer and Advocate Janet Mock’, The Isis
March 2014, ‘I STYLE It: Interview with Eline of Perma Pupa’, I Shape Beauty 
September 2014, ‘Labour Behind the Label’, The Style Con
October 2014, ‘Interview with Emily Barletta’, The Style Con
February 2015, ‘Interview with Angela Deane’, Doll Hospital Issue One
February 2015, ‘Interview with Kate Zambreno’, Doll Hospital Issue One
February 2015, ‘Interview with the Coven’, Doll Hospital Issue One
February 2015: ‘Treat Yo Self: An Open Conversation on Capitalism and Self Care’, Doll Hospital Issue One
December 2015, ‘You wouldn’t treat someone with cancer like that and other dodgy clichés: an open conversation on the intersections of mental and physical health’, Doll Hospital Issue Two
May 2016, ‘Behind the Scenes of Rookie Magazine’, Snippets
August 2016, ‘Super Stigma Shame Spiral: A roundtable on marginalised mental health experiences’, Doll Hospital Issue Three
August 2016, ‘Everything is Major’ An Interview with Sara Lautman’, Doll Hospital Issue Three
September 2016, ‘Why the Whitewashing of mental health needs to stop’, i-d
March 2017, ‘He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss: Conversations on Sexual Intimacy in the aftermath of trauma’, Doll Hospital Issue Four
March 2018, Survive the Night, Doll Hospital Journal Issue Five