Research Seminar

Between utopia and action - New perspectives on Albert Thomas, first director of the ILO

Adeline Blaszkiewicz presents key finding of her PhD thesis on Albert Thomas, first director of the International Labour Office from 1920 to 1932. A special focus will be on so far less well-known aspects of his personal life, his political engagement and his career prior to his appointment. How did they shape his identity as an international civil servant, his convictions, and the policies of the newly founded ILO?


Chair: Dorothea Hoehtker, Senior Researcher, Research Department, ILO

Speaker: Adeline Blaszkiewicz, Associated researcher at the Centre for the Social History of the Contemporary World (CHS) of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Bio: Adeline Blaszkiewicz holds a doctorate in history from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Defended on November 19, 2021, her thesis which is about the political career of Albert Thomas (1878-1932), French socialist and first director of the International Labour Office. Her research focuses on the history of international organizations, French socialism and socialist internationalism. She is the author of Albert Thomas, le socialisme en guerre (1914-1918), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016 and « ‘Mieux vaudrait après tout se perdre avec Lénine que de se sauver avec Albert Thomas’. Construire une voie révolutionnaire face au socialisme réformiste dans les années 1920 », Le Mouvement social, 2020/1 n°271, juillet-septembre 2020, p. 41-58.