GEOGRAPHERS' PERSONAL HISTORIES IN PLACE AND TIME, AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE FOR HISTORIES OF GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE Michael JONES Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, [email protected] Two broad, complementary approaches to histories of knowledge are: (1) Histories of ideas in different disciplines and their social context; (2) Personal histories of practitioners and how these both reflect and affect the development of particular disciplines. A feminist critique of histories of ideas is that they have been presented as apparently universal and objective while concealing a male bias, the role of social and power relations, and the importance of individual lives and experiences in the research process. This has led to a 'biographical turn' in social sciences. Important from a geographical viewpoint is the contribution that affective bonds to places and regions make to the development of a discipline. Childhood and adult experiences of travel or fieldwork, within and outside an academic career, may strongly influence the path of e.g. geogrpahical research. However, histories of geogrpahical knowledge tend to have a European and North American bias, focusing particularly on Britain and the USA. The Nordic 'periphery' often receives limited attention in such accounts. The paper will analyse Nordic examples of histories of geographical knowledge, including general histories of ideas, biographies (including obituaries and encyclopaedia entries), autobiographies and autobiographical interviews in order to investigate the influence of place and time on the choice of geographical research topics and practice. In particular, autobiographical approaches at the Department of Geography in Trondheim will be used to illustrate the spatial-temporal dimension in the choice of research themes, methods, theory and theorizing, and its contribution to the development of the discipline.