Cultural History

Economic and Social History

Political History


Ottoman Studies

The Ottoman Studies program focuses its attention on:
The study of the urban grid, population dynamics and the economic activities of populations in the Ottoman Empire that lived in areas which are today Greek territory. The primary concern of the program continues to be the publication and annotation of Ottoman sources in order to create a corpus for Greece. 
The study of Cappadocia. The program focuses its attention on aspects of the culture of Rum inhabitants in the region from the 15th century up to the Population Exchange. 



Evangelia Balta, Research Director (Program Director)

Other members

Dimitris Loupis, Research Fellow
Leonidas Moiras, Research Fellow


Research Projects

Ongoing projects

The aim of the program in the following years is to publish Ottoman tax registers from Cyprus and to complete the edition of the revised Karamanlidika Bibliography.


Participation in the scientific committee of the journal Οsmanlı Araştırmaları / The Journal of Ottoman Studies. (since 2005)
Participation in the research Program "Thesprotia Expedition" run by the Finnish Institute at Athens.        (2005-2010)
Organization of International Conferences on Karamanlidika                 
in collaboration with Prof. Matthias Kappler (University of Cyprus) and Prof. Mehmet Ölmez (Yildiz University).   
Participation in the research Program"Ottoman Larnaca"                         
run by the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cyprus.   
Participation in the publishing group of the journal TA IΣTOΡIKA. (2009-2017)
Collaboration with the Orient-Institut (Ιstanbul) in organizing international conferences and a series of lectures in Istanbul.  (since 2011)
Organisation of international academic lectures at the Sismanoglio Megaro – Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul (2012-2015)
Organisation of international academic meetings.                                       
at the Μoonlight Monastery (Cunda-Ayvalik) sponsored by Suzan Sabanci Dinçer, CBE Chairman-Executive Board Member, Akbank.
Participation in the publishing group of the journal YEMEK ve KÜLTÜR. (since 2014)
Collaboration with the Swedish Research Institute and the Αnadolu Vakfı (Istanbul) in organizing a series of lectures in Istanbul.          (2015-2017)
Collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) in completing the edition of a collective volume on the history of olive oil. (2016-2018)



Prizes - Distinctions
  • 2013 Evangelia Balta was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Turkish Historical Society at a special ceremony held at the Ciragan Palace (30.10.2013) along with 61 other historians from around the world who are engaged in the study of Ottoman times and the history of the Turkish Republic. 

  • 2014, 11 June, Evangelia Balta was awarded the medal "Οrder of Merit (Liyakat Nişanı)" by the President of the Turkish Republic, Abdullah Gül, at a special ceremony in Ankara (Çankaya Palace).




Latest book releases (2012-2018)

  • Sévérien Salaville(†), Eugène Dalleggio(†), Evangelia Balta, KARAMANLICA Kitaplar Yunan Harflerle Türkçe Eserlerin Çözümlemeli Bibliyografyası = KARAMANLIDIKA Bibliographie analytique d’ouvrages en langue turque imprimés en caractères grecs, t. I (1718-1839), Éditeur: Evangelia Balta, Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2018. 
  • Alexandros Rizos Rangavis, Le Notaire (traduit du grec moderne par Étienne de Moüy) / Aleksandros Rizos Rangavis, Mukavelat Muharriri, Yunan edebiyatından Türkçeye çevrilmiş ve Karamanlıca yazıyla 1889-1890 yıllarında tefrika edilmiş bir roman, (haz.) Evangelia Balta ve Niki Stavridi, The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2018.
  • Karamanlidika Legacies, edited by Evangelia Balta, The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2018.
  • Lectures at the Moonlight Monastery on Cunda, III, edited by Evangelia Balta, Istanbul, Summer 2017.
  • Stavros Stavridis, Anatol Türküleri 1896 Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda İ̇lk Türkü Mecmuası (haz.) Evangelia Balta ve Ari Çokona, İstanbul, Literatür, 2017.
  • Lectures at the Moonlight Monastery on Cunda, II, edited by Evangelia Balta, Istanbul, Summer 2016.
  • Ottoman Paphos. Population, Taxation and Wealth (mid-19th Century), The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2016.
  • Μουχατζηρναμέ - Muhacirnâme / Κaramanlı Muhacirler için Şiirin Sedası / Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees, (eds) Evangelia Balta - Aytek Soner Alpan, İstos, Istanbul, 2016.
  • Population and Agricultural Production in Ottoman Morea, The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2015
  • Lectures at the Moonlight Monastery on Cunda, I, edited by Evangelia Balta, Istanbul, Summer 2015.
  • Kouklia in Nineteenth Century Cyprus, on the Ruins of a once Glorious Paphos, (ed.) Evangelia Balta, The Isis Press, Istanbul, 2015 (with Mustafa Oğuz - Ali Efdal Özkul).
  • Cultural Encounters Between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Turkish-speaking Communities of the Late Ottoman Empire, Editor Evangelia Balta (with the contribution of Mehmet Ölmez),  Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2014.
  • The Exchange of Populations. Historiography and Refugee Memory, Istanbul, Istos, 2014 (Turkish translation: Nüfus Mübadelesi. Tarihyazımı ve Mülteci Hatıraları, İnkılap Yayınları, İstanbul, 2015).
  • Festschrift in Honor of Ioannis P. Theocharides, vol. I: Studies on Ottoman Cyprus, vol. II: Studies on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, Edited by Evangelia Balta – Georgios Salakidis  – Theoharis Stavrides, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2014.
  • Miscellaneous Studies on the Karamanlidika Literary Tradition, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2013.
  • Histories of Ottoman Larnaca, Edited by Evangelia Balta – Theoharis Stavrides – Ioannis Theocharides, Istanbul, The Isis Press, 2012.



Training of Turkish and Greek postgraduate students in NΗRF

  1. In 2006-2007 the National Hellenic Research Foundation was host to the postgraduate students Filiz Yasar (Chios in Ottoman tax registers) and Elif Bayraktar (The Institution of the Orthodox Church in the 17th century). 
  2. In 2008 Suleyman Emre Sunu (Labour movement in Thessaloniki during the Mesrutiyet-regime) was trained on the program. 
  3. In 2009-2010 the Foundation welcomed Filiz Yasar on a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation and the Foundation for Education and European Culture.
  4. In 2010 it was host to Senhaz Sismanoglu, a postgraduate student from Bogazici University (with a dissertation on Karamanlidika texts). 
  5. In 2010-2011 we welcomed Gurer Karagedikli (Bilkent University) with a dissertation on the Jewish community in 18th century Adrianople. The last two students were granted a scholarship by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
  6. In 2011-2013 Αytek Soner Alpan was trained on the program on a scholarship from the Foundation for Education and European Culture for the study of the refugee issue.
  7. As part of the program and with the generous sponsorship of the Turkish Cultural Foundation, a course on Ottoman Language and Paleography was held from 2012 to 2016, taught by Dimitris Loupis.


  • Postgraduate Seminars at Bilkent University (Ankara) (2006, 2012, 2016)
  • Seminar at Athens University (2007)
  • Postgraduate Seminars at the University of Cyprus (2009, 2012)
  • Intensive Summer School of Ottoman and Turkish Studies (Cunda-Ayvalik) (από το 2010)



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