Prof Çigdem Balim Harding

Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) & Department of Near Estern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University

Positions held

At IU: Dr Balim Harding is the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME), and a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (2005 ). She is Affiliated Faculty for Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center; Russian and East European Institute; West European Centre; Islamic Studies Program; and  Advisory Board Member for Center for the Study of Global Change, ‘Muslim Visions and Sounds’ Project. 

Other: She is also the Senior Examiner for Turkish Studies for the International Baccalaureate Organization , and an Associate Editor for Women’s Studies International Forum (Elsevier),

In the UK: Between 1988- 2004, she served as the Chair of Department of Middle Eastern Studies; Coordinator for Research Group on Central Asia and the Caucasus; Director of Middle Eastern Studies Continuing Education and Training Unit, University of Manchester, UK as well as a Subject Assessor for Oriental and African Studies for Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC), UK, and as the Executive Director of British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). .

In Turkey: Between 1981 - 1987, she was the Chair of Department of Foreign Language Teacher Training, at Gazi University, Turkey, and Advisor to Turkish Ministry of Education, Secondary and Higher Educatrion. She worked for UN and Unesco, representing Turkey.


Ph.D. in Linguistics (minor Anthropology), University of Washington, Seattle, December 1978. Diploma in Education from Dept of Education, Hacettepe University, Turkey, June 1974. BA & MA from Department of English Language and Literature,Hacettepe University, Turkey, June 1974.

Latest News

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education

Gender and The Law Conference Proceedings Published

The e-book brings together selected full-length papers, edited by Sibel Safi and Eda Aycan Aras, from the presentations of the conference, offering different perspectives and studies on gender and law-related issues.


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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