The Construction of Dangerous Boundaries – Rajbir Singh Judge

Winter 2022
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Questioning the logic of bravery and safety, Rahuldeep Singh Gill asked us to consider danger.
The problem with ‘safe spaces,’ Gill writes, is that the logic of safety “implies that participants in
‘safe’ space will not be exposed to any level of danger.” And yet there is danger. In the face of
such danger, one could say, as some have, that we need brave spaces rather than safe ones. Yet
the exposure to danger is not to be combated by bravery as the platitude “in the face of danger,
one must be brave” would have it. Instead Gill insisted that “bravery is certainly not what is
lacking and cannot be the final destination for our work” precisely because bravery, too, is
marked by danger. How is the integrity of safety and indeed bravery called into question by the
“dangerous supplement”? How do we, Gill inquires, absorb “the dangers of bravery?” This is
an especially important inquiry when, as Gil Anidjar writes, “you could say that danger befalls
us regardless of whatever agency [or bravery] we still believe in. Danger cannot be beaten. We
might prevail, sure, even grow stronger for a while. But that is because danger must be fought, or
else escaped, and first of all encountered. Fight or flight, but also — lose.” Fighting or fleeing,
how do we grapple with our loss to danger?

Keywords: Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Bhai Gurdas, Sikh Studies, Janam Sakhi

The Construction of Dangerous Boundaries – Rajbir Singh Judge
SRJ V7N2 Winter 2022 Special Issue – Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill
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Rajbir Singh Judge
California State University, Long Beach

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