Jean-Thomas Martelli is a PhD candidate at the King’s India Institute, King’s College London. His ethnography in Political Science focuses on everyday student politics and activist trajectories, concentrating mainly on left activism and on processes of politicisation in Indian campuses.
He teaches courses on Indian Democracy and Political Science in Sciences Po Paris and is co-editing a forthcoming edited volume on student movements in contemporary India. Through being involved in quantitative and quantitative analysis as well as digital humanities he created the PaRChA (Pamphlet Archive for Changing Activism), an online platform of around 70,000 original pamphlets produced by student organisations in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi). While conducting his fieldwork, Mr Martelli was a research fellow at the Centre de Sciences Humaines. Before joining King’s, he completed two Masters; in International Affairs in Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and in Global Studies in a consortium comprising JNU and two other European universities (Wroclaw University in Poland and Roskilde University in Denmark).