Your thesis that “the practices of thinking with rather than reflexively against both the people and the materials with which we work, might invite more productive relationships and conversations not just among scholars but between scholars and the surrounding community” put me in mind of debates in the art world over “relational aesthetics.” On the one hand, the idea from the 1990s of using art to convene more convivial spaces of sociality and interaction (Nicolas Bourriaud); on the other, the argument that “generous thinking” can wield civility and friendliness to advance the very forces creating injustice (Hal Foster) or block more pointed political protests (Claire Bishop). Maybe the key is the “thinking” and the “with” and what these mean, more precisely, within the context of the contemporary university and college. Really interested to see where you go with this project and its argument! And thanks for sharing it as it comes into form.