Sirichinda Thongchinda commenced her PhD at the ANU in March 2015. Her dissertation is on “Cohabitation in Thai political life: ethical obligations and moving emotions”. It examines how ethical obligations act as a mode of boundedness and govern Thai political life in a way that invents and sustains Thai political unrest. Her argument is that what ties us together in a condition of dependency as Thai citizens is also what tears us apart through the differential valuation of what lives are worth protecting. The relational phenomenon between binding and tearing within Thai politics appears most strongly through the actions of emotion.
She completed both BA in Sociology and Anthropology, and a Masters degree in Social Development at Chiangmai University, Thailand. Previously she has been a lecturer in Anthropology in Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has also conducted research in Laos as part of a project on the “Economic Quadrangle Concept and Sustainable Development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region” examining the issue of “Human trafficking in Greater Mekong Sub-region” supported by The Thailand Research Fund.