National Hellenic Research Foundation
Research Topic: Paphos in Ottoman censuses of the 19th Century
Dr. Balta is Research Director at the Institute of Historical Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Athens, Greece). Her interests focus on topics related to the Economic and Social History of the Ottoman period, as well as the history and culture of the Rum Orthodox population of Anatolia. In addition to her commitment to various projects in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey, she has been invited to deliver seminars to university graduates in Greece and abroad. Her most recent books are: Gerçi Rum İsek de, Rumca Bilmez, Türkçe Söyleriz: Karamanlılar ve Karamanlıca Edebiyat Üzerine Araştırmalar (2014) and Population and Agricultural Production in Ottoman Morea (2015). Together with Mustafa Oğuz and Ali Efdal Özkul, she has recently published Kouklia in Nineteenth Century Cyprus. On the Ruins of a once Glorious Paphos (2015). She is co-editor of Muhacirname. Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees (2016). At ANAMED she completes the edition of Ottoman sources (Nüfus Defterleri, Temettuat Defteri) on Paphos, whose history in the Ottoman period is completely unknown apart from some fragmentary Western sources and certain demographic and financial data from Ottoman archival documents on the area.