A few weeks ago, Queen’s University announced it was canceling a conference that would have focused on French Satirical paper, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ citing alleged security risks. The resultant backlash caused Queen’s University to reconsider.

The Guardian reports:

University to go ahead with Charlie Hebdo conference after outcry

Queen’s University Belfast has reversed its earlier decision to cancel a conference on the Charlie Hebdo massacre on security grounds.

The university came under sustained criticism from novelists, poets, academics and intellectuals over the cancellation of the symposium, which was due to be held on the campus in June.

A spokesperson for QUB’s communications office said on Friday: “Following the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment, undertaken in line with approved protocols, the university is pleased to confirm that the Charlie Hebdo Research Symposium, organised by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, has been approved.”

Academics at the college disputed the university authorities’ claim that the gathering was cancelled because its organisers had not properly filled in a risk assessment form.

The conference, organised to discuss the implications of the attack on the magazine and featuring academics, novelists, journalists and commentators, was due to take place at the Queen’s University Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities in June.