Isabella Huberman wins 2022 John Charles Polanyi Prize in literature

Isabella Huberman, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Art & Science’s department of French, has been awarded the prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize in literature for 2022.

Huberman’s research examines the literature and visual art of Indigenous writers and artists from Manitoba and Quebec who document, contest and reimagine the implications of resource extraction projects – particularly hydropower.

“Winning this award means a lot to me,” says Huberman. “I feel very honoured to have my work recognized by an interdisciplinary committee of scholars and, more importantly, for the study of Indigenous literatures in French to gain this recognition and receive the attention this visionary body of literature deserves.”

The Polanyi Prize is awarded each year to as many as five researchers from Ontario universities in the early stages of their career. Given by the Ontario Council of Universities, it is named in honour of John Polanyi, a University Professor Emeritus in the faculty’s department of chemistry and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize.

This year, all five prizes were awarded to faculty at the University of Toronto.

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