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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


William Huddleston

College: Corpus Christi                      


Supervisor: Prof Maite Conde and Prof Chris Young

Research Topic: Globality, Modernity, Identity and Uruguayan Football’s Generación Olímpica


About Me

William graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in French and Spanish from UCL in 2017, during which he studied at the ENS de Lyon and the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago. Following his undergraduate studies, William taught English in Québec before completing the MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge in 2020, for which he gained a distinction. His doctoral research is funded by the AHRC.



William's project focuses on football in Uruguay, using it as a lens for examining questions of modernity, globalisation and identity in the early 20th century. Specifically, he explores the period 1924-1935, during which Uruguay’s Generación Olímpica dominated and restructured world football. Football was central to Uruguay’s increasingly boisterous claims to modernity in this period, and Uruguay was in turn central to football’s emergence as the hyperglobal cultural object it is today.



AA Parker Sessional Prize (UCL, 2014)
Eva Grunwald Memorial Prize (UCL, 2014) 
Alcalá-Galiano Prize (UCL, 2017) 
Violet Hall Prize (UCL, 2017)
Cambridge UK Masters Scholarship (University of Cambridge, 2019-2020) 
OOC AHRC DTP Studentship (University of Cambridge)


2020. ‘Monos’. Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana 49 (2): 44-45.

2021. ‘Kicking Off: Violence, Honour, Identity and Masculinity in Argentinian Football Chants’. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.