Remadji Hoinathy

Remadji HoinathyFormer Member

Remadji’s research examines various attempts to translate modern institutions into contemporary Chad with a particular focus on technology and organization. While his PhD research focused on practices of oil production in Chad and their impact on socio-political assemblages, he currently works on higher education, the state and secularism in Chad. Remadji is the scientific director of the Centre de Recherches en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines (CRASH) in N’Djaména. He is also lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University of N’Djaména and independent consultant and advisor for various local and international NGOs.

Current position
Scientific Director
University affiliation
Centre de Recherches en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines (CRASH)


Remadji’s present project on “Secularism, Higher Education, and the State in Chad” examines the ongoing debates surrounding secularism in public higher education institutions. It pays particular attention to the growing importance of religious actors in this milieu, which contradicts the state’s obligation to guarantee curricula free from religious influence. The aim of the study is to illuminate how secularism is perceived by contemporary Chadian intellectuals, religious leaders, and politicians. Additionally, the study addresses how common people perceive this milieu with its debates on secularism. Furthermore, the investigation asks whether private and informal institutions face similar conflicts. How is the debate over secularism filtered by local communities’ perceptions of violent extremism versus local ideas about the importance of living together peacefully? To what extent is the debate around secularism influenced by the mixed religious composition of the Chadian society? Does the debate differ between Catholic and Muslim campuses, students, or communities?


  • Behrends, Andrea and Remadji Hoinathy (2017) "The Devil’s Money: A multi-level approach to acceleration and turbulence in oil-producing southern Chad." in Social Analysis 61 (3): 56-72.
  • Hoinathy, Remadji (2017) "La gouvernance des revenus pétroliers au Tchad: L’introuvable panacée?" in Revue Scientifique du Tchad - Série A 14: 86-96.
  • Hoinathy, Remadji (2017) "La transparence: Un débat d’experts?" in Cahier Tchadien des Sciences Sociales (CaTchas).
  • Hoinathy, Remadji (ed.) (2017) "Société civile, gouvernance & industries extractives (Special issue)." in Cahier Tchadien des Sciences Sociales (CaTchas).
  • Hoinathy, Remadji and Babett Janszky (2017) "Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI): The Latest Attempt at Governing the Extractive Industries in Chad." in The Extractive Industries and Society 4 (4): 825-832.
  • Hoinathy, Remadji (2016) "Tchad: La virtualité comme nouveau ressort de la résistance sociale?" in Etat des résistances dans le sud – Afrique , edited by François Polet, 149-156. Paris: Ed. Syllepse.
  • Behrends, Andrea, and Remadji Hoinathy (2014) "Does rationality travel? Translating a World Bank model for fair oil-revenue distribution in Chad." in Travelling models in African conflict management: Translating technologies of social ordering , edited by Andrea Behrends, Sung-Joon Park and Richard Rottenburg, 76-91. Leiden: Brill.
  • Hoinathy, Remadji (2013) "Pétrole et changement social au Tchad: Rente pétrolière et monétisation des relations économiques et sociales dans la zone pétrolière de Doba." Paris: Karthala.